Birth control matters? Not on House floor

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House Rules Chairman Gary Aubuchon has rejected a proposed resolution ?the usually ceremonial and little-noticed celebrations of various events, organizations or people ?that would have marked ?irth Control Matters Day,?saying it is too controversial reports the News Service of Florida. The resolution, filed for consideration by Rep. Evan Jenne, D-Dania Beach, has a long list of reasons to promote prescription contraceptives, concluding that ?n acknowledgment of the fact that prescription contraceptive drugs and devices are an integral part of women’s preventive health care services and play an important role in the prevention of unintended pregnancy, April 12, 2011, is recognized as ?irth Control Matters Day?in Florida. The measure, however, won? be read on the floor. House Rules Committee Staff Director Stephanie Birtman notified Jenne on Monday that Aubuchon, R-Cape Coral, was rejecting the proposed resolution. ?eremonial Resolutions should express condolence, commendation, or commemoration and should not contain controversial policy statements,?Birtman said in an email to Jenne. ?or this reason and pursuant to Rule 5.10(b), Chair Aubuchon does not approve the filing of this billdraft.?It is true that the items are usually very non-controversial to most reasonable people. Some of the resolutions that have been filed this year include a resolution marking Sigma-Zeta Day, a resolution marking ?immy Buffett Day,?and resolutions honoring state high school football, basketball and soccer champions.

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