February 7, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
NPO’s contact person in Missouri, Linda Reutzel, brings us up to date on the progress of our two companion shared parenting bills in the state House and Senate. Here’s the House Bill. She’s cautiously optimistic about their chances for passage. Here’s her message to me followed by her update.
The Missouri legislature has two new companion Shared Parenting Bills this 2016 session. The house bill, HB 2055, is sponsored by Representative Kathryn Swan and the Senate bill, SB 964, is sponsored by Senator Wayne Wallingford. Both use the same language to make clear, that children of divorce or separation, want and need equal access to both FIT and WILLING parents; the bills make it clear that equal access to both FIT and WILLING parents IS in the best interest of children. This language change is a small one to our Statutes, but a very important one in the lives of our children. Research and common sense show that children want and need equal access to both parents and their extended families. It's in their DNA!