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May 22, 2006

Flaws Repaired in Child Attorney Bill

House Bill 700, as introduced, would have allowed judges to interfere with families by appointing lawyers for children from healthy, intact families in virtually any situation, excused those lawyers from malpractice, and forced the parents to pay the bill.

HSLDA communicated these concerns to the sponsor. She defended her bill, and did not indicate any willingness to make the needed changes.

We sent an e-lert to families asking them to call members of the House Judiciary Committee. In response, the committee proposed amendments that addressed all three concerns. The House of Representatives approved the amendments, then passed the bill. The Senate subsequently passed the bill, and on May 16 Governor Ehrlich signed it.

Thank you for standing with us for liberty. Your willingness to call members of the committee was crucial in this victory. Without the changes brought about by your calls, this bill could have been a powerful agent for disrupting families and driving a wedge between parents and children.

 Other Resources

House Bill 700: Family Law—Court-Appointed Lawyer for Child