Thursday, January 22, 2009

School Bus Monitors in the State Budget

**I received this note from Sophia Pendergast. If you want to help, contact your legislators regarding the Governor's supplemental budget plan cutting this local school requirement of K-5 monitors, now is the time! Are kids living in wealthy districts the only ones who should be entitled to these monitors because that is wherein the future lies? Contacting locals (schools & councils) can't hurt either. Politicians respond to constituents!

The bill is House bill 5019 article 18 regarding school bus monitors. To help keep the mandate, please call your legislator, Senate President Paiva-Weed, House Speaker Murphy, the Governor, Senator Costantino and their local legislators.

To find out who they are go online to and they can find a list.

Friends & Family,

I have a very important request. The Governor has proposed budget cuts that will eliminate school bus monitors. If passed, this will present significant danger to children who ride school buses in Rhode Island. I am attaching a letter for you to e-mail to Governor Donald L. Carcieri, Steven M. Costantino, Chairman of the House Finance Committee, Theresa Paiva-Weed, Senate President, your local legislators and to any other members of the state legislature you choose. This letter expresses your opposition to eliminating monitors.

Please email the attached letter to each person individually. If you are unsure how to e-mail the letter, instructions are provided at the end of this e-mail.

Calling your legislators is very powerful! We implore you to consider calling after you send your e-mail. Please forward this email to all your friends and family in Rhode Island. This issue affects all of us and it will take lots of voices to be heard! Finally, please copy when you email your legislators. This will help us track our progress.

You can look up your Senate and House of Representatives District by going to: and entering your name, date of birth & zip code. I have listed the names, email addresses and phone numbers of the Newport County legislators below. If you live outside Newport County and are unsure of who you should contact, please e-mail: Families Insisting on Safe Student Transportation at Or call one of us: · Sophia G. Pendergast at (401) 846-8513· Julie A. Mott at (401) 225-1791

We will happily provide any information you need very quickly. Thank you for your support of this very important issue!

Send an e-mail to: Governor Donald L. Carcieri Governor of the State of Rhode Island. 222-2080

Send an email to: Representative Steven M. Costantino Chairman of the House Finance Committee 521-1313

Senator Theresa Paiva-Weed Senate President Senate District 13 Newport & Jamestown 316 State HouseProvidence, RI 02903 222-3110

AND…Send an e-mail to your Senator and Representative

Senate District 11Bristol & Portsmouth Senator Charles J. 683-9194

Senate District 12 Little Compton, Middletown, Newport & Tiverton Senator Louis D. DiPalma 24 Sail Court Middletown, RI 02842 847-8540

Representative District 69 Bristol, Portsmouth Representative Raymond E. Gallison 50 King Philip AvenueBristol, RI 02809 (508) 677-4235

Representative District 70 Portsmouth & Tiverton Representative John G. Edwards

Representative District 71 Little Compton, Portsmouth & Tiverton Representative John J. Loughlin II 105 Preservation Way Tiverton, RI 02878

Representative District 72 Portsmouth, Middletown, Newport Representative Amy Rice 438 Bramans Lane Portsmouth, RI 02871 841-0505

Representative District 73 Middletown & Newport Representative J. Russell Jackson 10 Xavier Terrace Newport, RI 02840 848-7979

Representative District 74 Jamestown & Middletown Representative Deborah L. Ruggiero

Representative District 75 Newport Representative Peter F. Martin 1 ½ Willow Street Newport, RI 02840 924-2402
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