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Legislative Alert8: CALL NOW – Public Hearing for SB266

Legislative Alert8: CALL NOW – Public Hearing for SB266

Follow-up Action Alert: Public Hearing for SB266, Children’s Equal Access Act May 15, 2019!

In room 429, on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, there will be a public hearing for SB 266 (the Children’s Equal Access Act). The bill is aiming to maximize a child’s time with both his/her parents.

Please come to Montgomery and show your support for the Alabama children on May 15!

Senator Larry Stutts (R- Tuscumbia) is the sponsor of the Senate Bill 266 (Engrossed version here), a bipartisan, pro child-parent relationship legislation known as the “Children’s Equal Access Act.” The bill will clarify Alabama law and focus on children first.

A public hearing has been scheduled for the bill in the Children and Senior Advocacy Committee on Wednesday, May 15th at 10:30 am in room 429 in the Alabama State House.

How can you help?

  • Call and email the Committee members (contact information below)
  • Attend the hearing on Wednesday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m.

 

Although we already have individuals scheduled to give live testimony, your presence in the room alone is testimony this issue is important to Alabamians. Please share this information with anyone you know that can come support the Children’s Equal Access Act, SB266.

As of today, the committee members are hearing from some of the legal community asking them to vote no because SB266 takes away the judges’ discretion by mandating 50/50 child custody. This is the same tactic the opponents used in the Senate, but it did not work. It should be noted that nothing in SB266 references 50/50 custody or mandates the courts to order 50/50 in any case. The Children’s Equal Access Act simply creates an equitable starting point with guidelines to follow similar to existing child support guidelines.

The members of the Children and Senior Advocacy Committee really need to hear that this issue is important to their constituents and that we are not going away until we have achieved our goal of protecting all children relationships equally with both parents! We are asking all SB266 supporters to call or write the committee members before Wednesday to let them know you support equality for children too.

And don’t forget to use one of our key messages:

  • I deeply appreciate your commitment to doing what’s right in Montgomery; by putting children’s and families first, please vote “YES” on SB266.
  • Every child deserves to be raised by both parents.
  • I appreciate your commitment to rebuilding families by fixing Alabama child custody law.
  • Please send responses that you receive from committee members to info@alfra.org.

Helpful links:

 

Below are the listed House Children and Senior Advocacy Committee members:

State Rep Phone Email
Brown, K.L. (Chair)  (334) 261-0496 klbrown@cableone.net
Shedd, Randall (V-chair) (334) 261-0530 randall.shedd@alhouse.gov
Boyd, Barbara (334) 261-0592 barbara.boyd@alhouse.gov
Carns, Jim (334) 261-0429 jwcarns@gmail.com
Drummond, Barbara (334) 261-0564 drummondbarbara@att.net
Estes, Tracy (334) 261-0434 tracy.estes@alhouse.gov
Shaver, Ginny (334) 261-0413 ginny.shaver@alhouse.gov
Hanes Jr., Tommy (334) 261-0551 jhanes55@gmail.com
Moore, Mary (334) 261-0508 mamoor48@bellsouth.net
Wadsworth, Tim (334) 261-0554 wadsworth@centurytel.net

 

Group email option:

klbrown@cableone.net; randall.shedd@alhouse.gov; barbara.boyd@alhouse.gov; jwcarns@gmail.com; drummondbarbara@att.net; tracy.estes@alhouse.gov; ginny.shaver@alhouse.gov; jhanes55@gmail.com; mamoor48@bellsouth.net; wadsworth@centurytel.net; info@alfra.org

When calling or emailing, urge the committee members to vote YES on SB266 and not to support any amendments. Ask them to please vote YES on SB266. (As a reminder, please always be respectful and courteous with your communications.)

Together, we can make our voices heard to support children having two parents!

#ALFRA     #SB266

Thank you so much for taking a moment to stand up and be heard!  Watch for a similar action request soon for your State Representative when the bill goes to the House for a vote. If you are available to come to the hearing, please email info@alfra.org to let us know that you are coming. Address for the AL State House is 11 S Union St, Montgomery, AL 36130. There is metered street parking near the State House. Please be prepared to go through security at the State House and allow some extra time to arrive.

 

Debbie Zeiger

ALFRA State Vice President

alfra.org

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