22 Mar Legislative Update for 2018!
Senate Bill 211 stalled in the House Judiciary Committee
Unfortunate news! The Children’s Equal Access Act (Senate Bill 211) did not receive a favorable report by the House Judiciary Committee on March 21st. In other words, SB211 is dead for the 2018 legislative session.
While this may be disappointing to many, we consider this year’s legislative efforts very productive. SB211 passed the Senate for the first time since 2011. We appreciate Senate Leadership and members of the Senate for understanding shared parenting produces better outcomes for children. We also want to thank the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee for placing SB211 on the committee calendar yesterday and allowing the committee to discuss this important legislation.
Most importantly, we want to give a special thanks to Senator Larry Stutts for taking the lead and sponsoring one of the most important pro-family pieces of legislation this year. We also want to thank the members of the Alabama Family Rights Association Advisory Committee and countless volunteers over the last seven years for their selfless service.
We will take a couple of weeks to determine what we all can do differently to prepare for the 2019 legislative session.
In the meantime, we do have good news! Yesterday afternoon, March 21, 2018, Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama signed a proclamation declaring April 25, 2018 as Parental Alienation Awareness “Bubbles for Love” Day and April 22 through April 28, 2018 as Parental Alienation Prevention Week.
This proclamation by Alabama Governor acknowledges:
- “Approximately 40,000 Alabama children a year experience court ordered visitation with one parent for only two to six days a month”
- Alienating behaviors are frequently seen in high-conflict divorces, separations and asymmetrical custody arrangement but can occur in intact marriages”
You can read the proclamation in its entirety here.
As a reminder, the legislative process is challenging and requires dedicated advocates throughout the year. We thank everyone that participated in calling and emailing the legislators the last several weeks. We are all volunteers, non-paid staff. You can learn how you can help here.
ALFRA Vice President