Last Call for Hearing Attendance! Wisconsin’s “Safe Harbor” Practitioner Exemption Bill

Legislation To protect WI residents’ health freedom rights to access the healing modalities and practitioners they want.

Public Hearing Date and submit testimonies!

  1. Save the Date! Attend Public Hearing on January 7, 2020 in Support of Wisconsin Practitioner Exemption bill, SB492 AB546
  2. Submit testimonies here: https://www.wihfc.com/legislation/testimony/ We’ll submit it to the committee for you.  Please send us your testimony even if you plan to testify in person at the hearing. YOU CAN CONTINUE TO SUBMIT TESTIMONIES AFTER THE HEARING – UNTIL THERE IS A VOTE. 
  3. RSVP for the Hearing (not required but helpful). We want a packed hearing room so please help us estimate if we’re on track by telling us whether you’re coming.  Please come even if you don’t RSVP or if you don’t want to provide public testimony.

Dear Health Freedom Supporter,

Great News! Wisconsin’s “Safe Harbor” Practitioner Exemption bill is scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, January 7 and we need your help to fill the room with supporters!  Please complete the Take Action steps below and join us in Madison next month.  

When:  Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Time:  9 AM

Where:  Wisconsin State Capital, North Gar Hall, Room 417, 2 E Main St, Madison, WI 53703

Official Notification – Proposal: AB546 (-4272) View Bill History
relating to: providing complementary and alternative health care practitioners with exemptions from practice protection laws, requirements and prohibitions for individuals who provide complementary and alternative health care services, and providing a penalty.

Take Action Steps:

1. Click here to email the Assembly Health Committee members and your personal legislators to ask for their support on AB546/SB492.

2. Call Committee Members to ask for a YES vote on AB546/SB492.  See phone numbers for members of the Assembly Health Committee and an example message, below.  Please note, 5 of the committee members are sponsors of this bill, yippee!, so please be sure to thank them when you call.

FYI the committee won’t actually vote at the Jan. 9 hearing; it’s our job to persuade them, now and at the hearing, to want to schedule it for a vote at a later date.

3. RSVP for the Hearing (not required but helpful). We want a packed hearing room so please help us estimate if we’re on track by telling us whether you’re coming.  Please come even if you don’t RSVP or if you don’t want to provide public testimony.  Showing up to “register in favor” of the bill is an important form of public participation and could be necessary for this bill to pass.  Imagine how meaningful and persuasive it would be to legislators to see hundreds of people show up to sign their name in support of the bill?

4. Prepare your personal testimony and share it with us.  Sharing your story – whether in person or in writing – is so crucial to the success of this bill!  Legislators love personal stories and hearing your successful experience using complementary and alternative health care could be key to unlocking a committee member’s yes vote.

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Submit testimonies here: https://www.wihfc.com/legislation/testimony/ We’ll submit it to the committee for you.  Please send us your testimony even if you plan to testify in person at the hearing.

Thanks in advance for helping pass SB492/AB546 into law – it means so much to us (and to your legislators too).  Together, with your help, we can convince Wisconsin legislators to protect WI residents’ health freedom rights to access the healing modalities and practitioners they want.

For more about what this WI bill does for complementary and alternative health practitioners and their clients, see our website here (bill originally introduced as LRB-1960/1).  Read the bill here.  Read about Safe Harbor bills here.

Phone Numbers for Legislators on Assembly Health Committee:

Assembly member Joe Sanfelippo, Chair        (608) 266-0620

Tony Kurtz, Vice Chair                                     (608) 266-8531

Jessie Rodriguez                                             (608) 266-0610

James Edming                                                 (608) 266-7506 – sponsor of AB546

Ken Skowronski                                               (608) 266-8590 – sponsor of AB546

Chuck Wichgers                                               (608) 266-3363 – sponsor of AB546

David Murphy                                                   (608) 266-7500 – sponsor of AB546

Nancy VanderMeer                                          (608) 266-8366

Mary Felzkowski, Asst. Majority Leader           (608) 266-7694 – sponsor of AB546

Gae Magnafici                                                  (608) 267-2365

Debra Kolste                                                    (608) 266-7503

Daniel Riemer                                                  (608) 266-1733

Lisa Subeck                                                     (608) 266-7521

Jimmy Anderson                                              (608) 266-8570

Robyn Vining                                                   (608) 266-9180

Example message for Committee Members: “I’m calling to ask* Assemblymember [Insert Committee Member’s Last Name] to VOTE YES on AB546, the “Consumer Protection for Complementary Healthcare” bill.  This bill is scheduled for a public hearing in the Assembly Health Committee on January 9, 2020, and I want Committee Member [Insert Last Name] to know that I want this bill to become law.”

A546 is important to me (because [Insert your own brief reason why you support access to complementary and alternative health care (i.e., I depend on complementary and alternative health care for myself and my family and I want Wisconsin law to protect my rights as a consumer to a free and educated choice in health care providers.)]). Thank you.”

*When calling sponsors, say you’re “calling to thank them for sponsoring AB546 and happy it’s been scheduled for a hearing” and skip to paragraph 2.

Additional committee member contact info is available here.

https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/raw/cid/1532077

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