Current Status - Senate
Two Senate Joint Resolutions were pre-filed for the 2020 legislative session on December 11, 2019.
Senator Tom Davis in coordination with Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter sponsored bill S.901. On the same day, the four women of the Senate — Margie Bright Matthews, Mia S. McLeod, Katrina Frye Shealy and Sandy Senn — filed S.918. Both resolutions have bipartisan support.
Because there are two resolutions, some reconciliation will need to be done that will probably result in only one bill going forward. A similar process happened in the House, resulting in H.3391 continuing, rather than H.3340. Unfortunately, not all sponsors from H.3340 have signed onto H.3391. To avoid that happening in the Senate, and until we know which bill will go forward, we should ask Senators to sign onto both.
The resolutions have been sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee, but have yet to be assigned to a subcommittee. Senator Luke A Rankin is chair of that committee. Bills begin at the subcommittee level to work their way thru to the Senate floor.
ACTION ALERT: Everyone should contact Senator Luke A Rankin and ask that he assign ERA resolutions S.901 and S.918 to a judiciary subcommittee. For letter copy, address information and mailing instructions, click here.