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February 16, 2016
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Acting Executive Director, National Parents Organization

In Maryland, identical shared parenting bills SB0960 and HB1386 are coming up for their legislative hearings, and you should make every attempt to attend and to support these bills. The hearing schedule in Annapolis is:

SB0960 will be heard on Tuesday March 8th at 1pm. in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. 

HB1386 will be heard on Wednesday March 9th at 1pm. in the House Judiciary Committee.

The bills are called "Rebuttable Presumption of Joint Custody" entitled “Children’s Rights & Parental Rights — Shared Parenting Time Act for Family Equality”

David Smith is the lead Maryland activist promoting these bills. He writes, “Our time is now and well overdue to make this change happen for the children and families of the State of Maryland so we need your full support to get these bills passed which means coming out to testify and contacting these Maryland legislators to urge them to support SB0960/HB1386 and #SharedParentingforMaryland.  You can check out all the links to the bills, contact info to the legislators, etc. on our website plus donations are welcomed as we're trying to produce a strong marketing and media push for #SharedParentingforMaryland.” 

“Please spread the word and share our legislation info flyer and jpeg which is attached and available on our website.”

If you have questions or want to get involved, you can email David.

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