David Carlin March 21 at 1:44pm Report Call to action:
Please forward this to your networks and have your members make the calls to support and testify at this hearing on SB909 sponsored by Senator C. Anthony Muse.
March 23, 2011 at 1pm Senate hearing on SB909 (child's rights to access both parents) We need everybody to make calls and send emails and prepare testimony and be at this hearing if possible. You will need to register early 10-12:00 noon and bring 20 copies of your testimony. Bill Link: http://mlis.state.md.us/2011rs/billfile/sb0909.htm General Assembly information numbers: 301-970-5400 and 410-946-5400 Senate Phone numbers (410) 841-xxxx or (301)858-xxxx Please make the calls today and please be at the hearing if possible.
Senate Judiciary Committee members:
Brian E Frosh (D) 301-858-3124 firstname.lastname@example.org Lisa A. Gladden (D) 301-858-3697 email@example.com James Brochin (D) 301-858-3648 firstname.lastname@example.org Jennie M. Forehand (D) 301-858-3134 email@example.com Joseph M. Getty (R) 301-858-3683 firstname.lastname@example.org Nancy Jacobs (R) 301-858-3158 email@example.com Victor R. Ramirez (D) 301-858-3745 firstname.lastname@example.org Jamie Raskin (D) 301-858-3634 email@example.com Christopher B. Shank (R) 301-858-3903 firstname.lastname@example.org Norman R. Stone Jr. (D) 301-858-3587 email@example.com Robert A. Zirkin (D)301-858-3131 firstname.lastname@example.org
BILL INFO-2011 Regular Session-SB 909 mlis.state.md.us Creating a rebuttable presumption that joint legal custody and physical custody to each parent for approximately equal periods of time is in the best interest of the child in specified child custody proceedings.
For Release: Contact: March 14, 2011 DADS and Moms PAC 248-467-1204
DADS AND MOMS PAC ANNOUNCES FAMILY PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES FOR 2011
Advocating for family preservation, shared parenting, child support reform and other key family issues during the current legislative session BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI – Dads and Moms PAC, a responsible family and fatherhood education and advocacy organization, today released their legislative agenda for 2011. The organization consulted with US and Michigan Legislators, US Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Judges and Lawyers, Family Service Counselors, Heritage Foundation, National Center for Fathering, MOMS of Michigan, Children Need Both Parents, Fathers a Childs Rights, Fathers For Equal Rights, Family Rights Coalition, American Coalition of Fathers and Children, and the Children’s Rights Council in preparing the public policy agenda. The proposed agenda will save the state a billion dollars in expenses each year. Dads and Moms PAC announced the focus of their public policy agenda with the follows issues: • Sharing Parenting • Parenting Time Guidelines • Paternity • Parenting Plans • Family Education Program • Child Support “We will continue to work this year on progressive legislation and reforms that will help families to stay together and provide the best interest of children with the best opportunities available,” said James Semerad, Washington DC Representative of Dads of Michigan PAC. For more information or interviews, please call 248-467-1204 #### Dads and Moms PAC is a responsible family preservation education and advocacy organization dedicated to keeping both biological parents actively engaged in the lives of their children despite divorce and custody, in most instances. We believe men and women should be viewed equally under the law and our credo is: "fathers are responsible parents too…because the best parent is both parents."
Great News! House File 345, passed out of the House Judiciary Committee this week 11-10. The bill, which creates a rebuttable presumption of joint physical care, is now eligible for debate on the House Floor. A rally date at the Capitol is currently being planned and the details will be released soon!
Please send Rep. Kaufmann, Rep. Rogers, Rep. Abul-Samad, Rep. Rasmussen, Rep. Sands, and Rep. Muhlbauer an individual thank you for introducing this bill and for their hard work in getting HF 345 through committee.
In order to successfully pass HF 345 on the House Floor, we need to gain more support. I'm asking all members and concerned citizens to please start emailing all members of the Iowa House of Representatives asking them to support HF 345. For your convenience, all Iowa House Representatives email addresses are listed below for copy and paste:
I'm hopeful you will allow children the opportunity to have equal access to both parents by voting in favor of HF 345.
Click here for a thesis explaining in-depth the legality need along with the social need for a rebuttable presumption of joint physical care here in Iowa.
A few key points that I would like to stress are as follows:
• Joint physical care or shared parenting is when both parents share physical placement of the child(ren). Simply defined, joint physical care allows the child(ren) to live with each parent 50% of the time during the year.
• In all thirty-three comparative studies in the U.S. comparing the outcomes of children in joint physical care to those in the care of only one parent found that children in joint physical care have better outcomes (Bauserman, 2002).
• The percentage of all births that were to unmarried women more than doubled between 1980 and 2008. In 2008, 41 percent of births were to unmarried women, up from 40 percent in 2007. Increases have occurred for women in all age groups, with the largest increases measured for women in their twenties (America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010).
• Mothers win primary physical care in 84.4 percent of the cases (Support Providers: 2002, 2005).
• According to recent studies, approximately 40 percent of child victims were maltreated by their mothers acting alone; another 18.3 percent were maltreated by their fathers acting alone; 17.3 percent were abused by both parents (United States Department of Health and Human Services, 2007).
• On specifically neglect, a study found that children living with just one parent, under any living arrangement, had significantly higher rates of Harm Standard neglect with 27.0 per 1,000 children compared to those living with two married biological parents with 4.2 per 1,000 children (Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4), 2010).
• Research by Dr. Judith Wallerstein and Dr. Joan Berlin Kelly revealed that 50 percent of mothers either saw no value in the father's contact with his children and actively tried to sabotage it, or resented the father's contact (Wallerstein & Kelly, 1996).
• According to the U.S. Department of Justice, an estimated 2.11 million persons under the age of eighteen were arrested in 2008, where 1 in 10 arrests were for murder and 1 in 4 arrests were for robbery, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. The report further showed that Iowa (92% reporting coverage) reported 252 juvenile violent crime arrests, 1792 juvenile property crime arrests, 396 juvenile drug abuse arrests, and 52 juvenile weapons arrests (Juvenile Arrests 2008, 2009).
The negative impacts of fatherless children cannot be ignored. Please support HF 345 which will create a rebuttable presumption of joint physical care and help ensure that Iowa's children gain access to both parents!
Below are links for you to use to contact the individual state senators and representatives concerning introducing and passing a Equal Parenting Bill. Download 2009-HIB-5114 is last sessions bill that can be used for wording for a new bill. Please let us know if you are able to discuss this with one of them and what is said, thanks.