Member Action Needed in Florida, Missouri; News from Massachusetts, Texas

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March 29, 2016

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Calls and Letters to Massachusetts Legislators Cause Major Tremors
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Acting Executive Director, National Parents Organization

Massachusetts members of National Parents Organization flexed their muscles and the Legislature responded. Members in other states should take note. Meanwhile, here is the update.

About 10 days ago, we informed our Massachusetts members that SB834, a bill that encourages shared parenting as well as other useful reforms, had been torpedoed in the Judiciary Committee by the bar associations. We asked members to tell their legislators that we now had to switch position and oppose the bill. They responded with a deluge of phone calls and emails to their reps and senators.

And it worked. Within days, we received word that the Judiciary Committee wanted to meet with us again. I and others had such a meeting last week.

To the credit of the Judiciary Committee, they expressed flexibility and the desire to work with us to fix the bill. More discussions will follow. During these discussions, confidentiality is requested, and we will honor that request.

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Florida Shared Parenting and Alimony Reform Need Florida Members’ Action
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Acting Executive Director, National Parents Organization
We previously reported to you that SB668 passed the legislature and was sent to Florida Governor Rick Scott for signature. Actually, although it was indeed passed by the legislature, at the time of this writing, it has not yet been sent to Governor Scott. It is expected that it will be sent to him around March 28 or 29. At that point, he will have 15 days to sign or veto the bill.

Florida members of National Parents Organization, if you have not already contacted Governor Scott's office to express your support for this important bill, please do so now! You must call, write or email. His contact information is:

Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
(850) 488-7146
[email protected]

If you DID already contact Governor Scott’s office, you are not finished. Now get three people you know to do the same thing. Family and friends are easiest. Read more...

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Exciting Developments in Missouri, Member Action Needed
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Acting Executive Director, National Parents Organizationn
Missouri Senate Bill 964 has been passed by its committee and will go to the floor of the Senate for debate and a vote. The exact timing is uncertain, but it may happen within 10 days or so.

Senate Bill 964 is a strong shared parenting bill put together by National Parents Organization’s Missouri leader, Linda Reutzel. (Note House Bill 2055 is the same bill, but in the House, and is awaiting action there.) More details below.

Very importantly, the Missouri bar association - the professional association of lawyers - has voted to take no position on this bill. In some states, the bar associations have proven to be the fatal enemy of National Parents Organization’s shared parenting bills. We salute the Missouri bar for standing to the side and letting what is best for children go forward.

This bill will live or die with your actions. With the bar association standing aside, this is our chance! If you live in Missouri, call your State Senator and ask him or her to vote for this bill. Then get three of your friends or family to do the same. Legislators act when they feel their constituents are pushing them to do so. Otherwise, they would rather lie low and not be forced to take a position. Read more...

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Signs of Life in Texas
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Acting Executive Director, National Parents Organization
Houston-area members of National Parents Organization are organizing for action in Texas under the leadership of Al Bates. This is welcome because Texas has been strangely quiet in recent years.

Al welcomes your participation. He is looking for people who can invest some modest time and effort in planning and carrying out activism, not just offer opinions in a committee meeting.

Al had planned to organize an Easter egg hunt for children and their non-custodial parents, but the calendar ran too quickly and it couldn’t be put together fast enough. There are also plans for more direct political action to reform the family courts. If you are part of the planning team, you can offer your action ideas for discussion.

If you are interested in exploring this, contact Al. This is not a commitment, just an inquiry. Here is his contact information:

Al Bates
[email protected]

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