Published: April 28, 2016
HARTFORD, CONN. — This week is the last week of the legislative session for Connecticut’s lawmakers so antiques dealers and concerned parties are issuing a final call for people to notify state representatives of their opposition to the proposed ivory ban — HB5578.
Anyone wishing to send an e-mail to the legislators should include “Oppose HB5578” in the subject line, send to no more than 15 people at a time (per e-mail) and include the addresses in BCC rather than “To” to avoid the e-mail being treated as spam.
The email should be the sender’s own thoughts. A general format would be this:
My name is ___________. I live at ______________. I am a _______ year resident of Connecticut
and/or I do business in Connecticut.
I oppose HB 5578 the ivory bill because…”
You can refer to the importance of historic preservation, your connection to history and Connecticut, or property rights and the right to own, buy, sell or trade in antique ivory. You can address the harmful nature of HB5578, particularly the 20 percent or less ivory restriction, which will put many genuine antiques at risk of loss, confiscation and destruction.
Here is a list of Connecticut’s legislators, including state senators:
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