CT Gov. Rell Vetoes State Health
Gov. Jodi Rell vetoed the
Connecticut Healthcare Partnership bill on June 13, saying that it would
not achieve the intended cost savings or increase the number of people
with insurance and could lead to substantial costs to taxpayers.
However, her veto message also said she
supported the concept and would work with its supporters on a "more
workable version of the bill in the next legislative session."
You can support our efforts to get JPs included in the revised
letting us know if you are a likely joiner. (We thank those of you
who already have done so.)
Date: Choose from 3 CT Conferences in the Fall
morning meetings (breakfast included) will be held for CT JPs this
repeating a format
that worked well last year. New JPs -- those taking office in the new year
-- are especially invited to attend one of the sessions.
Here are the dates and locations:
|Saturday, Oct. 25
|Saturday, Nov. 8
|Saturday, Nov. 15
Experienced JPs will enjoy networking with their colleagues and
sharing tips and concerns. Those who have attended past conferences will tell you there's always something
new to learn.
Please also consider volunteering to be a speaker and sharing your knowledge
with others. A new slant on
an old favorite (pricing your services, marketing) would be welcome,
as would your own topic ideas. We are especially seeking speakers
Please write with your preferred topic and availability.
- accounting and reporting JP income
- other opportunities
for JPs (e.g., oaths and affirmations).
- a mock wedding/civil union ceremony.
The early-bird price
(valid through August 31) for attending any of the conferences is $25
for jpUS members, $30 for non-members. Speakers attend free. You
can pay by credit card or Paypal
Let us know by email which conference you will attend.
If it's Leap
Year, It's a Presidential Election Year, which means...
... it's also a year in which Connecticut and Vermont
JPs must think about reappointment. In CT, political party
chairs have already given their Town Clerk the names of their
candidates. Unaffiliated JPs and wannabes should speak with the Town
Clerk directly. More information about the process
in Connecticut and
in Vermont is on the jpUS website.
Gay Marriage Momentum
In NY... Gov. David A. Paterson directed all state agencies
on May 14 to
revise their policies and regulations to recognize same-sex
marriages performed in other jurisdictions where it is legal.
Agencies must ensure that gay couples married elsewhere are "afforded the same recognition as any other legally performed
union" and report back to the governor by June 30.
When implemented, the directive will make New
York the only state that fully recognizes same-sex unions performed
legally elsewhere but does not itself allow gay marriage.
and in California... Four years after the
City of San Francisco married more than 4000 same-sex couples
in defiance of state law -- marriages that were later invalidated --
hundreds of gay couples are marrying again, this time throughout the
The State Supreme Court's ruling that California's anti-gay marriage laws
unconstitutional became final on June 16 at 5 p.m. and some gay couples
wasted no time in getting married. In its 4-3 ruling last
month, the state Supreme Court
called marriage a "basic civil right." California
now becomes the second state (after Massachusetts) to permit
marriage between same sex couples.
amendment that would overturn the Court's ruling will be on the ballot in November
(opposed by Gov. Schwarzenegger). Voters in Arizona and Florida
will face similar measures in November. Forty-one states
already have laws or constitutional amendments defining marriage as a
union between a man and a woman.
Officiant for a Day: A Correction
"Your statement that almost anyone can
perform marriage for one day in NH is not quite correct," writes
JP Maureen Robinson. "Unlike MA where 'civilians' can apply for a
one day certification, NH requires that the person be authorized
to perform marriages in their state of residence.
"I am so glad that
you mentioned this as I had thought that only an out-of-state judge or ordained clergyperson could perform
ceremonies in NH. This solves a problem for one of my clients. Her dear
friend is a VT JP whom she wanted to perform the ceremony. I was
going to do it, but now they can have the ceremony they want."
Maureen Robinson, Keene NH
Leap Day Ceremonies
Peter Stempien, Simsbury CT JP, performed a wedding in
his town's Boy Scout Hall, the first time the hall was rented
out for a wedding. "The groom did not like jewelry so we had a
unity candle service."
How Important Is Your JP Income?
"I work full time, but I do miss the extra income when I don't
have a few
weddings in a month. I must confess, I sometimes spend my earnings
the way home from the wedding ceremony.
I do joke with people and tell them that my retirement plan is to
continue performing weddings when I am older. But the wedding
will have to pick me up. I'll perform the ceremony, stay for the
reception (which I don't do now because I have a very busy
schedule), dance the Electric Slide if I am still able to do so,
then they can take me home (with a doggie-bag, I hope)! My guess
that some JP's are already in this retirement plan." Kathy Taylor,
Ed: We can vouch for the plan.
about other JP retirees?
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