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2006 LEGISLATION

Shared Parenting legislation launched
Shared parenting legislation would require a presumption of substantial equal parenting, in most instances, for unwed and divorced parents, unless there is clear and convincing evidence of unfitness. HB 5267 has been introduced to support shared parenting. Click Here for more information on how you can support shared parenting and what it means.

2006 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate Listing – updated regularly
http://miboecfr.nictusa.com/election/candlist/06PRI/06PRI_CL.HTM

Michigan 2006 Elections
DADS of Michigan PAC Election Recommendations

Several people have participated in several campaign fund raisers of candidates. We need you to take an active role to meet the candidates, help them understand the issues, and provide campaign support.

Here is a summary of some recent legislation in progress. The strategy is to call your Senator AND Representative to get them to sign up for a bill or take action.

  1. Military Custody Bills HB 5100 and SB 0714 – Passed the House and Senate unanimously and signed by the Governor on December 27, 2005.
  2. Pass HB 5267 (equal parenting) – Hearings began December 19 and several people provided expert testimony at the hearing. DADS filed several reports in support of the bill. Click here for more information.
  3. Pass HB 4161 (eliminate presumption of Mom custody in unwed situations). Has been introduced to the Senate Families committee and is moving forward.
  4. Pass SB 436 and HB 5088 (paternity). Is moving forward. DADS participated in media covered at the state and national level. DADS Policy Team is actively working the issue.
  5. Introduce legislation to eliminate the Strict Liability law MCL 750.165 on child support.
  6. Veto/modify the US Bradley Amendment USC 666 at the federal level – child support
  7. VAWA (Domestic Violence) to include language for gender neutrality. Approved at the federal level to include gender neutral language. It is still called the Violence Against Women Act (?).
  8. Repeal SB 263 (Hearsay evidence allowed for domestic violence).
  9. Re-Introduce legislation to require update of child support guidelines based on SER, Cost Shares, or foster care guidelines. DADS Policy Team is currently working the issue.
  10. Enforce FOC to follow child support guidelines when you loose your job, disabled, activated in the military (Michigan FOC frequently will not modify support)
  11. Pass legislation to provide for Parenting Plans. The package of bills was passed by the legislature and the Governor failed to sign them December 21, 2004. The bills have been reintroduced.

Check this site for the bills: http://www.legislature.mi.gov

 

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