KDA Video Minute – January 30, 2014

 

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We’ve got these stories and more in this week’s KDA Video Minute. Watch this week’s episode and read more about these issues below.  We’re now doing more than ever to keep you, our members, up to date on all the issues and stories impacting dentistry.  Watch it now.

 

Anti-Fluoridation Bill Hearing on Wednesday

HB 2372 hearing scheduled

We will be testifying on HB 2372 next Wednesday in the House Health and Human Services Committee. If you plan to attend the hearing, please meet at 1:00 PM in Room 546-S.

 

House Health and Human Services Members

Chair: Rep. Dave Crum

Please consider doing one or more of the following right away:

  1. Contact your legislator to let him or her know you oppose the bill. Be sure you mention the bill number. Share a very simple, short message about why the bill will result in Kansans being told un-truths about water fluoridation. Details about how to share a message with your legislator are contained in the hints at the end of this message.
  2. Notify your friends, family and neighbors about the bill and ask them to contact their legislators saying they oppose it.
  3. Attend the hearing to show solidarity in our opposition to the bill. (Ask us for details about how to make plans to attend.) The more fluoridation proponents in the room, the better things will be.
  4. Submit testimony opposing the bill. (Again, ask for details about how to do this.)
  5. Follow Twitter during the hearing (Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30 pm). Please either tweet or re-tweet pro-fluoridation messages. Use #ksleg and #fluorideks on the tweets. The #fluorideks is the one we use for Fluoride in Kansas, and #ksleg is the hashtag used for all legislative activity. During legislative hearings, both legislators and advocates watch Twitter to see what is trending, so positive messages during the hearing can help.

Find your legislator: The following website allows you to enter your home address: http://openkansas.org/. When you have done that, all of your elected officials will appear, and if you click on the name, the contact information pops up. Please just contact your House of Representatives member for now. The bill is being considered only in the House at this point.

Members of the committee: Members of the Health and Human Services Committee in particular need to be contacted! If you live in one of the members’ districts, please, please contact your House member. The committee members are listed below. You can click on each person’s name to reach his/her contact information.

These representatives are the first line of defense against HB 2372. See if your legislator is on the committee. If your representative is NOT on the committee, encourage him/her to talk to their colleagues about the benefits of water fluoridation and encourage them to kill HB 2372. If your legislator is on HHS, double-down on your efforts. Email AND call. Encourage your neighbors to do the same. Many representatives say it can change their vote on a bill if they hear from just five or six constituents.

See you next week at Dental Day

 

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The Kansas Dental Association has scheduled its annual legislative Dental Day for February 6, 2014.

Political involvment by KDA members has helped deliver legislative successes in years past, largely due to the friendships and acquaintances KDA members have cultivated with their elected officials.  Dental Day 2014 will be the time and place to build upon those relationships.  Read more and Register.

 

 

  

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