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2015 RESOLVE State Legislative Efforts

RESOLVE works with advocacy volunteers and other organizations to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. In 2015, RESOLVE will be tracking bills that impact the infertility community, whether they are pro-family or anti-family bills. Find out what is happening in your state. If you know of a bill in your state but it is not listed below, please contact RESOLVE at info@resolve.org. Some states are evaluating Personhood bills or ballot initiatives. Read more about these proposed ballot initiatives and Personhood.

Connecticut Minnesota South Carolina
Georgia Mississippi Tennessee
Hawaii Montana Texas
Illinois New Hampshire Utah
Indiana New Jersey Virginia
Maine New York Washington 
Maryland Oklahoma  

 State: Connecticut Bill Number: HB 5500
Added: January 20, 2015

  • Description of Bill: Requires insurance coverage for fertility preservation if you have cancer.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was referred to Insurance and Real Estate Committee.
  • Link to Bill: HB 550
  • Local Volunteer Needs: If you are interested in supporting this bill, please contact RESOLVE at info@resolve.org

 State: Georgia Bill Numbers: HB 287 Bill Name: Ethical Treatment of Human Embryos Act
Added: February 23, 2015

  • Description of Bill: Prohibits the creation of an in vitro hybrid human-animal embryo.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is researching this bill to determine if it impacts the treatment of infertility.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill has been referred to committee.
  • Link to Bill: HB 287
  • Local Volunteer Needs: If you live in Georgia and are interested in supporting this bill, please contact RESOLVE at info@resolve.org.

 State: Hawaii Bill Numbers: HB 673 and SB 781
Updated: February 26, 2015

  • Description of Bill: This bill would mandate insurance coverage for fertility preservation for men and women before undergoing cancer treatments.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill has not had any movement in the House or Senate.
  • Link to Bill: HB 673SB 781
  • Local Volunteer Needs: If you live in Hawaii and are interested in supporting this bill, please contact RESOLVE at info@resolve.org.

State: Hawaii Bill Numbers: HB 864 and SB 768
Updated: February 26, 2015

  • Description of Bill: The House bill changes the current IVF mandate in Hawaii so that it no longer requires the husband’s sperm be used in the IVF cycle. The Senate bill does that and changes the waiting period from five years to twelve months. 
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill passed out of the first committee in the House; has been referred to the second committee in the House. The bill has passed out of two committees in the Senate and has been referred to a third committee in the Senate. It is currently sitting in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. The House Bill has a hearing on March 2 in the Consumer Protection Committee.
  • Link to Bill: HB 864SB 768
  • Local Volunteer Needs: Please contact RESOLVE at info@resolve.org if you are interested in getting involved with this bill. 

State: Hawaii Bill Numbers: HB 672 and SB 789
Updated: March 10, 2015

  • Description of Bill: This bill completely updates the current Hawaii IVF insurance mandate and allows for only 1 year waiting period, more IVF cycles, and removes discriminatory language.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: This bill was referred to committee and has not seen any action in the committees.
  • Link to Bill: HB 672SB 789
  • Local Volunteer Needs: Please contact RESOLVE at info@resolve.org if you are interested in getting involved with this bill. 

State: Hawaii Bill Numbers: SB 787
Added: February 26, 2015

  • Description of Bill: This bill asks the auditor to do a study assessing the social and financial effects of requiring health insurers to provide infertility coverage. This is required to get changes or new mandates.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: This bill has not moved in the Senate.
  • Link to Bill: SB 787
  • Local Volunteer Needs: Please contact RESOLVE at info@resolve.org if you are interested in getting involved with this bill. 

 State: Illinois Bill Numbers: SB 1767
Added: April 28, 2015

  • Description of Bill: Amends the Illinois Insurance Code. Provides that insurers offering accident and health insurance to groups of more than 25 employees provide coverage for infertility treatments to covered individuals unable to attain a viable pregnancy or maintain a viable pregnancy (previously covered just those unable to sustain a successful pregnancy). Expands definition of infertility to include individuals unable to conceive after one year of attempting to produce conception and those unable to conceive after diagnosis with a condition affecting fertility.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill passed the Senate and was referred to the House on April 23, 2015
  • Link to Bill:  SB 1764

 State: Indiana Bill Numbers: SB 208  
Added: February 23, 2015

  • Description of Bill: This bill allows for egg banks to operate in Indiana and for cryopreserved eggs (oocytes) to be moved across state lines; it allows for compensation to egg donors and to egg banks.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE does not have a position on this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill passed the Senate and was referred to the House.
  • Link to Bill:  SB 208
  • Local Volunteer Needs: Please contact RESOLVE at info@resolve.org if you are interested in getting involved with this bill. 

 State: Maine Bill Numbers: SP 358  LP 1017 
AddedMay 6, 2015

  • Description of Bills: SP 358 and LP 1017 clarify issues of parentage, including parentage in ART and third-party reproduction, under Maine's family law.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bills: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bills in the legislative process: The bill was voted "Ought To Pass" in the Committee on Judiciary on April 29.
  • Link to Bills:  SP 358/LD 1017:

 State: Maryland Bill Numbers: SB 273 and HB 220 Bill Name: Collaborative Reproduction Act
Added: February 4, 2015

  • Description of Bill: This bill would codify into law the best practices in gestational carrier surrogacy in Maryland.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill had a hearing before the Senate State and Local Government Committee on February 16, where the bill was tabled but will be heard again on March 23 at 2:00pm. The House bill had a hearing before the Civil Law and Data Practices Committee on March 9 where it was amended and approved; the bill then had a hearing before the Government Operations and Elections Policy Committee where it passed. The House bill now moves to the House State Government Finance Committee.
  • Link to Bill: HB 220; SB 273
  • Local Volunteer Needs: If you live in Maryland, please send a letter to the House and Senate committees urging them to pass this bill. If you built your family via gestational surrogacy and live in Maryland, please contact RESOLVE at info@ resolve.org.

State: Maryland Bill Numbers: SB 416 and HB 838
Updated: March 6, 2015

  • Description of Bill: This bill would amend the current IVF insurance mandate law in Maryland to add a non-discrimination clause so that same sex couples could access the IVF mandate and receive insurance coverage for artificial insemination.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill and does not believe it interferes with provisions of the ACA.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: This bill will have a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee on 3/4/15 and the House Health and Government Operations Committee on 3/4/15
  • Link to Bill: HB 838; SB 416
  • Read Surrogacy Struggle published in Metro Weekly.
  • Local Volunteer Needs: Please contact RESOLVE at info@resolve.org if you are interested in getting involved with this bill. 

 State: Minnesota Bill Numbers: SF 348 and HF 437
Updated: May 18, 2015

  • Description of Bill: This bill would establish a Commission made up of state legislators to analyze surrogacy and review ethical considerations of allowing this to occur in Minnesota.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Analysis of Bill: The Legislative Surrogacy Commission would be made up of legislators and the organizations behind this bill have clearly stated their preference is to ban gestational carrier surrogacy in Minnesota. This seems to be far outside the expertise of a Commission and does not serve the interests of Minnesota residents.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill had a hearing before the Senate State and Local Government Committee on March 23 and it passed; it was then referred to the Judiciary Committee but will not have a hearing before this committee. The House bill had a hearing before the Civil Law and Data Practices Committee where it was amended and approved; the bill then had a hearing before the Government Operations and Elections Policy Committee where it passed. The House bill was referred to the House State Government Finance Committee and is now incorporated into that committee’s Omnibus Bill (SF 888). It was heard on April 21 in the House Ways & Means Committee. Now, the State Government Finance Omnibus bills from the Senate and House differ on many points (one of which is the inclusion of the Legislative Surrogacy Commission). A Conference Committee has been appointed from the House and Senate to determine the make up of the bill before it goes to the Governor. The State Department Conference Committee agreed to kill the provision passed by the Minnesota House of Representatives creating a surrogacy commission.
  • Link to Bill: As Introduced: SF 348HF 437 
  • To read about the organizations behind this bill, visit their website link here.
  • Read "Legislators Taking Aim at Third-Party Reproduction" published by choiceMoms.org.
  • Read "Surrogacy policies need more thoughtful development, committee votes" published in the Minnesota Session Daily.
  • Read "The Future of Surrogacy in Minnesota" published by the Huffington Post.
  • Download Some People Need Help to Build a Family in MN (PDF)

 State: Mississippi Bill Number:  MS HB 1309
Added: March 10, 2015

  • Description of bill: This is a so called Personhood bill, declaring that a microscopic embryo is a person.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: This bill was referred to the Judiciary committee and it died in committee. 
  • Link to Bill: HB 1309

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