Ok, not RIGHT now. Soon, hopefully. But there’s work for us to do.
I first wrote about the movement to get the 38th state to pass the ERA for this blog almost exactly two years ago.
In the interim, we all worked our asses off and flipped BOTH houses of the Virginia state legislature.
In another installment in our continuing “Elections Have Consequences” series:
The VERY FIRST issue the Virginia Senate took on in this legislative term (SJ1) was to pass the ERA out of committee, the first step to passing it in the state legislature. (HJ1, the companion House of Delegates bill, is still pending.)
It will then have floor readings and debates in both houses before being voted on in each house, when it WILL pass. (Details of the process here.)
“Well, that’s great Mrs Whatsit. But I’m not in Virginia, so I don’t see what this has to do with me.”
There’s one more REALLY BIG hurdle the ERA will have to pass. The deadline for ratification is LONG passed.
If you read my earlier post, you’ll know that this isn’t necessarily an insurmountable problem, but it will have to go through the courts, definitely ending up in the Supreme Court. Do you like our odds there? Me, neither.
There’s another route to passage: Congress could vote to overturn the ratification deadline. In fact, there’s pending legislation in BOTH houses ( S.J. Res. 6 and H.J. Res. 79) to do just that. The League of Women Voters has sent an open letter to the House and Senate leadership of both parties requesting passage of both bills.
You know what to do.
On your daily call to your two Senators and your Representative, add supporting the appropriate bill to you repertoire of requests.
Get to work!
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