The Judiciary Committee of the Ohio Senate has delayed the vote on SB 125, the new child support bill that NPO is opposing in its current form. While SB 125 makes some good changes in Ohio law, it handles shared parenting cases very poorly and, so, NPO opposes it in its current form.
The vote was delayed because the bill's sponsor, Senator Beagle, is considering whether to endorse amendments to the bill. The bill will be back on the Judiciary Committee's agenda for a vote next Tuesday, October 31. This means that we have a very narrow window to influence what the Committee votes on.
As background, I'm providing links to some documents below. However, what we need to do now is very simple. Call or write to Senator Beagle's office and tell him simply that you urge him to incorporate the NPO amendments into the bill and that if the bill is not modified in that way, you will urge your senator to oppose the bill when it comes to the floor.
You don't have to say more. What is important is the count that the Senator's aides will certainly give him about the responses they've received. Our goal is to show the Senator that there are a lot of constituents who care about this issue and support the NPO-recommended amendments to SB 125.
Here are some documents that will provide useful information on SB 125. But, it is not necessary to review these documents in order to make your voice heard. Two minutes to make a call or send a quick email through his website is all that it takes.
- Senator Beagle's Webpage for Email (click on the link)
- Senator Beagle's Phone: 614-466-6247
This is important! If we fight, we win. If we stay silent, we lose.
- National Parents Organization Response to SB 125
- National Parents Organization Proposed Amendments to SB 125
- National Parents Organization Written Testimony Opposing SB 125
- National Parents Organization Oral Testimony Opposing SB 125(This is a slightly abbreviated and updated version of the written testimony.)
With love for our children,
Donald C. Hubin, Ph.D.
Ohio Chair of the Executive Committee
Member, NPO Board of Directors