Urge Governor Wolf to veto SB 6
Please urge Governor Wolf to veto SB 6, which harms low income families, survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse and trafficking, and women in recovery from addiction. You can contact the Governor by phone at 717-787-2500 or by fax at 717-772-8284 or online at https://www.governor.pa.gov/contact/#OnlineForm
Here is a sample message:
Dear Governor Wolf:
"Please veto SB 6. I appreciate all you have to help families and to fight the opioid crisis, and to help victims of abuse. SB 6 will undermine your good work, and hurt low-income families, survivors of domestic violence, and women in recovery from addictions.
SB 6 includes a $100 replacement fee the second time a person loses their EBT card--the card used for food stamps and cash assistance. Families who do not have enough money to buy groceries cannot afford to pay this exorbitant fee. The fee applies even if the card is stolen.
SB 6 also imposes a new set of rules on women with drug convictions who are in recovery. The bill partially repeals a sensible bipartisan reform from 2003 that lifted a cruel lifetime ban for cash assistance. Now, SB 6 will make certain women ineligible for TANF or GA cash assistance for ten years after a second drug conviction, and require those with a single drug conviction to submit to ten years of drug testing. If an individual fails two drug tests, even if she continues drug treatment, SB 6 imposes a ten-year ban on cash assistance. Experts know that recovery from addiction includes relapse, and treatment programs know how to response effectively to relapse. Many women’s drug convictions result from self-medicating the pain of sexual abuse, domestic violence, or human trafficking. SB 6 will make it harder for these women to rebuild their families and move forward with their lives.
SB6 is wholly inconsistent with the Wolf Administration’s comprehensive efforts to address the opioid crisis and provide wraparound services to people in recovery, including those reentering society from the criminal justice system.
While SB6 is facially limited to convictions for larger quantities of drugs, state criminal records databases do not include drug quantity, and SB 6 will therefore make it very difficult for women whose convictions were for small amounts to establish eligibility.
Please stand up for women in recovery, for victims of abuse, and for families struggling to make ends meet, and veto SB6. Thank you."