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Message from Debbie Smith

i Everyone
Great news!  Matt’s Law went to the Assembly Floor Thursday afternoon and PASSED with a 78-0 vote.  WOO HOO!!!  Everyone present voted YES!  This is awesome news, this means that their were only 2 no votes along the way and after next week this could change.
Now we go back to the Senate Floor for concurrence the beginning of next week where we will see if either of our 2 no votes have changed.  If it passes the Senate AGAIN we are off to the Governor.  So you know what to do next right?  Write the Governor.
Here’s his address…
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
I encourage you to get started now there will be a lot of Bills on his desk to review and we would like him to be fully aware of the importance of ours.
I apologize that I did not get this out sooner but did not have Internet access in Arnold where I received this incredible news.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our “Matt’s Law Celebration” November 10th, 2006.  Details to follow but I would really like anyone that can make it to be there for this very special event.
Thank you for your relentless support.
“Hug your children and tell them you love them everyday”
Love,
Debbie, MM

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily--http://realalaskadaily.com and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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