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House File 345 - Introduced

HOUSE FILE 345 BY KAUFMANN , ROGERS , ABDUL-SAMAD , RASMUSSEN , SANDS , and MUHLBAUER

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This bill passed out of subcommittee today!

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"Political reasons have not the requisite certainty to afford juridical interpretation. They are different in different men. They are different in the same men at different times. And when a strict interpretation of the Constitution, according to the fixed rules which govern the interpretation of laws, is abandoned, and the theoretical opinions of individuals are allowed to control its meaning, we have no longer a Constitution; we are under a government of individual men, who for the time being have the power to declare what the Constitution is, according to their own views of that it ought to mean." Dred Scott v.Sanford, 19 How. 393, 620 (1857) (Curtis, J., dissenting).
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Lets go boys and girls. This is the first big step in achieving the goal of equal parenting. Everyone out there needs to find a way to get to Des Moines next week or when they go to committee. You have to find a way to do this. Pounding keys on a keyboard will not get you forward. We need a HUGE show of support. Period. If you do nothing else this year, this will be the day to call in sick if you know what I mean. The actual date is to be coming.

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"Political reasons have not the requisite certainty to afford juridical interpretation. They are different in different men. They are different in the same men at different times. And when a strict interpretation of the Constitution, according to the fixed rules which govern the interpretation of laws, is abandoned, and the theoretical opinions of individuals are allowed to control its meaning, we have no longer a Constitution; we are under a government of individual men, who for the time being have the power to declare what the Constitution is, according to their own views of that it ought to mean." Dred Scott v.Sanford, 19 How. 393, 620 (1857) (Curtis, J., dissenting).
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We need to write each one of these legislators and ask for their support of HF 345.

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"Political reasons have not the requisite certainty to afford juridical interpretation. They are different in different men. They are different in the same men at different times. And when a strict interpretation of the Constitution, according to the fixed rules which govern the interpretation of laws, is abandoned, and the theoretical opinions of individuals are allowed to control its meaning, we have no longer a Constitution; we are under a government of individual men, who for the time being have the power to declare what the Constitution is, according to their own views of that it ought to mean." Dred Scott v.Sanford, 19 How. 393, 620 (1857) (Curtis, J., dissenting).
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I will certainly write each and every member of this committee but after reading the bill I still feel it leaves too much power with the courts by saying "may award" instead of "shall award" Or if they deny JPC then all they need to do is provide a statement as to why.  

There is no way that my ex could truthfully prove that more time with my daughter would be detrimental to any reasonable minded person. This is a big step in the process for anyone in this situation but this bill assumes that the courts are going to act like reasonable minded people and history has proven that theory wrong time and time again.

Am I reading too much into this? My pessimism aside, has anything been scheduled at the captial yet?
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The wording becomes shall in the new bill.

Here is a copy of the email I sent the House Judiciary Committee.

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Dear House Judiciary Committee Members,

I'm hopeful you will allow children the opportunity to have equal access to both parents by voting in favor of HF 345.

Attached is a thesis explaining in-depth the legality need along with the social need for a rebuttable presumption of joint physical care here in Iowa.  

A few key points that I would like to stress are as follows:
  • Joint physical care or shared parenting is when both parents share physical placement of the child(ren). Simply defined, joint physical care allows the child(ren) to live with each parent 50% of the time during the year.
  • The percentage of all births that were to unmarried women more than doubled between 1980 and 2008. In 2008, 41 percent of births were to unmarried women, up from 40 percent in 2007. Increases have occurred for women in all age groups, with the largest increases measured for women in their twenties (America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010).
  • Mothers win primary physical care in 84.4 percent of the cases (Support Providers: 2002, 2005).
  • According to recent studies, approximately 40 percent of child victims were maltreated by their mothers acting alone; another 18.3 percent were maltreated by their fathers acting alone; 17.3 percent were abused by both parents (United States Department of Health and Human Services, 2007).
  • On specifically neglect, a study found that children living with just one parent, under any living arrangement, had significantly higher rates of Harm Standard neglect with 27.0 per 1,000 children compared to those living with two married biological parents with 4.2 per 1,000 children (Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS–4), 2010).
  • Research by Dr. Judith Wallerstein and Dr. Joan Berlin Kelly revealed that 50 percent of mothers either saw no value in the father’s contact with his children and actively tried to sabotage it, or resented the father’s contact (Wallerstein & Kelly, 1996).
  • According to the U.S. Department of Justice, an estimated 2.11 million persons under the age of eighteen were arrested in 2008, where 1 in 10 arrests were for murder and 1 in 4 arrests were for robbery, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. The report further showed that Iowa (92% reporting coverage) reported 252 juvenile violent crime arrests, 1792 juvenile property crime arrests, 396 juvenile drug abuse arrests, and 52 juvenile weapons arrests (Juvenile Arrests 2008, 2009).
The negative impacts of fatherless children cannot be ignored. Please support HF 345 which will create a rebuttable presumption of joint physical care and help ensure that Iowa's children gain access to both parents!

Sincerely,
Bryan Iehl


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"Political reasons have not the requisite certainty to afford juridical interpretation. They are different in different men. They are different in the same men at different times. And when a strict interpretation of the Constitution, according to the fixed rules which govern the interpretation of laws, is abandoned, and the theoretical opinions of individuals are allowed to control its meaning, we have no longer a Constitution; we are under a government of individual men, who for the time being have the power to declare what the Constitution is, according to their own views of that it ought to mean." Dred Scott v.Sanford, 19 How. 393, 620 (1857) (Curtis, J., dissenting).
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Both my fiance and myself sent out emails to each and every committee member. Responses were very limited but my fiance did receive an email from Rep Mary Wolfe (Clinton area) who argued that current law already satisfies the requests within HF345 and that she has successfully represented many men who have received JPC. She did not bother to respond to me.

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This Bill passed out of Committee today and is now headed to the house floor.

WE NEED EVERYONE TO FIND A WAY TO GET TO DES MOINES NEXT WEEK AND SPEAK TO MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND ASK FOR SUPPORT OF THIS BILL.

This is and has been the primary goal this organization has worked for. Now is the time to stop pounding keyboards for a minute and go down and put a face to this bill. E-mail, call as well. If WE cannot do this then WE can not complain about the system if WE do not take the time to push for change. Find a way to get to Des Moines. I am sure Bryan will be picking a date and those of you who would like to go together, we can go in numbers. Carpooling if necessary. Lets do this folks.


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Dear Member,

 

Great News! House File 345, passed out of the House Judiciary Committee this week 11-10.  The bill, which creates a rebuttable presumption of joint physical care, is now eligible for debate on the House Floor.  A rally date at the Capitol is currently being planned and the details will be released soon! 

 

Please send Rep. Kaufmann, Rep. Rogers, Rep. Abul-Samad, Rep. Rasmussen, Rep. Sands, and Rep. Muhlbauer an individual thank you for introducing this bill and for their hard work in getting HF 345 through committee.

 

In order to successfully pass HF 345 on the House Floor, we need to gain more support.  I'm asking all members and concerned citizens to please start emailing all members of the Iowa House of Representatives asking them to support HF 345.  For your convenience, all Iowa House Representatives email addresses are listed below for copy and paste:

 

ako.abdul-samad@legis.state.ia.us; dwayne.alons@legis.state.ia.us; richard.anderson@legis.state.ia.us; richard.arnold@legis.state.ia.us; Chip.Baltimore@legis.state.ia.us; clel.baudler@legis.state.ia.us; 

deborah.berry@legis.state.ia.us; Mark.Brandenburg@legis.state.ia.us;Josh.Byrnes@legis.state.ia.us; royd.chambers@legis.state.ia.us;dennis.cohoon@legis.state.ia.us; peter.cownie@legis.state.ia.us; 

betty.deboef@legis.state.ia.us; dave.deyoe@legis.state.ia.us; cecil.dolecheck@legis.state.ia.us; jack.drake@legis.state.ia.us; greg.forristall@legis.state.ia.us; Joel.Fry@legis.state.ia.us;  

RuthAnn.Gaines@legis.state.ia.us; Julian.Garrett@legis.state.ia.us; mary.gaskill@legis.state.ia.us; pat.grassley@legis.state.ia.uschris.hagenow@legis.state.ia.us; Bob.Hager@legis.state.ia.us;  

Chris.Hall@legis.state.ia.us; Curt.Hanson@legis.state.ia.us; MaryAnn.Hanusa@legis.state.ia.us;  dave.heaton@legis.state.ia.us; lisa.heddens@legis.state.ia.us; Lee.Hein@legis.state.ia.us;  

erik.helland@legis.state.ia.us; lance.horbach@legis.state.ia.us; bruce.hunter@legis.state.ia.us; dan.huseman@legis.state.ia.us; charles.isenhart@legis.state.ia.us; Stewart.Iverson@legis.state.ia.us;

david.jacoby@legis.state.ia.us; Ron.Jorgensen@legis.state.ia.us; Anesa.Kajtazovic@legis.state.ia.us; jeff.kaufmann@legis.state.ia.us; jerry.kearns@legis.state.ia.us; Dan.Kelley@legis.state.ia.us;

Jarad.Klein@legis.state.ia.us; kevin.koester@legis.state.ia.usbob.kressig@legis.state.ia.us; vicki.lensing@legis.state.ia.us; Mark.Lofgren@legis.state.ia.us; steven.lukan@legis.state.ia.us;  

jim.lykam@legis.state.ia.us; mary.mascher@legis.state.ia.us; Glen.Massie@legis.state.ia.us; kevin.mccarthy@legis.state.ia.us; helen.miller@legis.state.ia.us; linda.miller@legis.state.ia.us;  

Brian.Moore@legis.state.ia.us; Dan.Muhlbauer@legis.state.ia.uspat.murphy@legis.state.ia.us; jo.oldson@legis.state.ia.us; rick.olson@legis.state.ia.us; steven.olson@legis.state.ia.us;  

tyler.olson@legis.state.ia.us; kraig.paulsen@legis.state.ia.us; Ross.Paustian@legis.state.ia.us; Kim.Pearson@legis.state.ia.us; janet.petersen@legis.state.ia.us; dawn.pettengill@legis.state.ia.us;  

brian.quirk@legis.state.ia.us; scott.raecker@legis.state.ia.usDan.Rasmussen@legis.state.ia.us; henry.rayhons@legis.state.ia.usWalt.Rogers@legis.state.ia.us; kirsten.running-marquardt@legis.state.ia.us;

tom.sands@legis.state.ia.us; renee.schulte@legis.state.ia.usjason.schultz@legis.state.ia.us; Tom.Shaw@legis.state.ia.usJeff.Smith@legis.state.ia.us; mark.smith@legis.state.ia.us;  

chuck.soderberg@legis.state.ia.us; sharon.steckman@legis.state.ia.us; kurt.swaim@legis.state.ia.us; annette.sweeney@legis.state.ia.usJeremy.Taylor@legis.state.ia.us; todd.taylor@legis.state.ia.us;

phyllis.thede@legis.state.ia.us; roger.thomas@legis.state.ia.usdavid.tjepkes@legis.state.ia.us; linda.upmeyer@legis.state.ia.usjim.van.engelenhoven@legis.state.ia.us; Guy.VanderLinden@legis.state.ia.us;  

nick.wagner@legis.state.ia.us; ralph.watts@legis.state.ia.us; andrew.wenthe@legis.state.ia.us;  

beth.wessel-kroeschell@legis.state.ia.usnate.willems@legis.state.ia.us; cindy.winckler@legis.state.ia.us;  

matt.windschitl@legis.state.ia.us; John.Wittneben@legis.state.ia.usMary.Wolfe@legis.state.ia.us; gary.worthan@legis.state.ia.us;

 

Below is the email I am personally sending to the entire Iowa House on HF 345.  Please feel free to use my research in your email.

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Dear Iowa House of Representatives,

I'm hopeful you will allow children the opportunity to have equal access to both parents by voting in favor of HF 345.

Click here for a thesis explaining in-depth the legality need along with the social need for a rebuttable presumption of joint physical care here in Iowa.  

A few key points that I would like to stress are as follows:

 

·         Joint physical care or shared parenting is when both parents share physical placement of the child(ren). Simply defined, joint physical care allows the child(ren) to live with each parent 50% of the time during the year.

 

·         In all thirty-three comparative studies in the U.S. comparing the outcomes of children in joint physical care to those in the care of only one parent found that children in joint physical care have better outcomes (Bauserman, 2002).

 

·         The percentage of all births that were to unmarried women more than doubled between 1980 and 2008. In 2008, 41 percent of births were to unmarried women, up from 40 percent in 2007. Increases have occurred for women in all age groups, with the largest increases measured for women in their twenties (America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010).

 

·         Mothers win primary physical care in 84.4 percent of the cases (Support Providers: 2002, 2005).

 

·         According to recent studies, approximately 40 percent of child victims were maltreated by their mothers acting alone; another 18.3 percent were maltreated by their fathers acting alone; 17.3 percent were abused by both parents (United States Department of Health and Human Services, 2007).

 

·         On specifically neglect, a study found that children living with just one parent, under any living arrangement, had significantly higher rates of Harm Standard neglect with 27.0 per 1,000 children compared to those living with two married biological parents with 4.2 per 1,000 children (Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4), 2010).

 

·         Research by Dr. Judith Wallerstein and Dr. Joan Berlin Kelly revealed that 50 percent of mothers either saw no value in the father's contact with his children and actively tried to sabotage it, or resented the father's contact (Wallerstein & Kelly, 1996).

 

·         According to the U.S. Department of Justice, an estimated 2.11 million persons under the age of eighteen were arrested in 2008, where 1 in 10 arrests were for murder and 1 in 4 arrests were for robbery, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. The report further showed that Iowa (92% reporting coverage) reported 252 juvenile violent crime arrests, 1792 juvenile property crime arrests, 396 juvenile drug abuse arrests, and 52 juvenile weapons arrests (Juvenile Arrests 2008, 2009).

 

The negative impacts of fatherless children cannot be ignored. Please support HF 345 which will create a rebuttable presumption of joint physical care and help ensure that Iowa's children gain access to both parents!

 

Sincerely,

Bryan Iehl

Founder & President

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PO Box 2884

Waterloo, IA  50704-2884

support@IowaFathers.com  

 

       
                                               
               
               
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"Political reasons have not the requisite certainty to afford juridical interpretation. They are different in different men. They are different in the same men at different times. And when a strict interpretation of the Constitution, according to the fixed rules which govern the interpretation of laws, is abandoned, and the theoretical opinions of individuals are allowed to control its meaning, we have no longer a Constitution; we are under a government of individual men, who for the time being have the power to declare what the Constitution is, according to their own views of that it ought to mean." Dred Scott v.Sanford, 19 How. 393, 620 (1857) (Curtis, J., dissenting).
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                        Dear Member,

 

On Tuesday, March 15th, IowaFathers is holding a Rally at the State Capitol to show support for HF 345 from 9:00 am until noon.  This is a great opportunity to show support and speak directly with several legislators on supporting the bill.  

 

Please plan on attending this rally and bringing someone with you such as a significant other, sibling, parent, concerned citizen, etc.  If you are in need of transportation, please email me and I will see what I can do to accommodate your needs.

 

Several states around Iowa are working on a rebuttable presumption of joint physical care legislation.  Illinois Fathers has been extremely active with such legislation and South Dakota is voting on HB 1255 today in Senate. 

 

The time has come for a rebuttable presumption of joint physical care to become law here in Iowa. This will only happened if you take the time to help engage the political system.  Please continue to write and call your legislator asking them to support HF 345. I look forward to seeing you at the Rally at the State Capitol on next Tuesday, March 15th.  

 

For your convenience, all Iowa House Representatives email addresses are listed below for copy and paste:

 

ako.abdul-samad@legis.state.ia.us; dwayne.alons@legis.state.ia.us; richard.anderson@legis.state.ia.us; richard.arnold@legis.state.ia.us; Chip.Baltimore@legis.state.ia.us; clel.baudler@legis.state.ia.us; 

deborah.berry@legis.state.ia.us; Mark.Brandenburg@legis.state.ia.us;Josh.Byrnes@legis.state.ia.us; royd.chambers@legis.state.ia.us;dennis.cohoon@legis.state.ia.us; peter.cownie@legis.state.ia.us; 

betty.deboef@legis.state.ia.us; dave.deyoe@legis.state.ia.us; cecil.dolecheck@legis.state.ia.us; jack.drake@legis.state.ia.us; greg.forristall@legis.state.ia.us; Joel.Fry@legis.state.ia.us;  

RuthAnn.Gaines@legis.state.ia.us; Julian.Garrett@legis.state.ia.us; mary.gaskill@legis.state.ia.us; pat.grassley@legis.state.ia.uschris.hagenow@legis.state.ia.us; Bob.Hager@legis.state.ia.us;  

Chris.Hall@legis.state.ia.us; Curt.Hanson@legis.state.ia.us; MaryAnn.Hanusa@legis.state.ia.us;  dave.heaton@legis.state.ia.us; lisa.heddens@legis.state.ia.us; Lee.Hein@legis.state.ia.us;  

erik.helland@legis.state.ia.us; lance.horbach@legis.state.ia.us; bruce.hunter@legis.state.ia.us; dan.huseman@legis.state.ia.us; charles.isenhart@legis.state.ia.us; Stewart.Iverson@legis.state.ia.us;

david.jacoby@legis.state.ia.us; Ron.Jorgensen@legis.state.ia.us; Anesa.Kajtazovic@legis.state.ia.us; jeff.kaufmann@legis.state.ia.us; jerry.kearns@legis.state.ia.us; Dan.Kelley@legis.state.ia.us;

Jarad.Klein@legis.state.ia.us; kevin.koester@legis.state.ia.usbob.kressig@legis.state.ia.us; vicki.lensing@legis.state.ia.us; Mark.Lofgren@legis.state.ia.us; steven.lukan@legis.state.ia.us;  

jim.lykam@legis.state.ia.us; mary.mascher@legis.state.ia.us; Glen.Massie@legis.state.ia.us; kevin.mccarthy@legis.state.ia.us; helen.miller@legis.state.ia.us; linda.miller@legis.state.ia.us;  

Brian.Moore@legis.state.ia.us; Dan.Muhlbauer@legis.state.ia.uspat.murphy@legis.state.ia.us; jo.oldson@legis.state.ia.us; rick.olson@legis.state.ia.us; steven.olson@legis.state.ia.us;  

tyler.olson@legis.state.ia.us; kraig.paulsen@legis.state.ia.us; Ross.Paustian@legis.state.ia.us; Kim.Pearson@legis.state.ia.us; janet.petersen@legis.state.ia.us; dawn.pettengill@legis.state.ia.us;  

brian.quirk@legis.state.ia.us; scott.raecker@legis.state.ia.usDan.Rasmussen@legis.state.ia.us; henry.rayhons@legis.state.ia.usWalt.Rogers@legis.state.ia.us; kirsten.running-marquardt@legis.state.ia.us;

tom.sands@legis.state.ia.us; renee.schulte@legis.state.ia.usjason.schultz@legis.state.ia.us; Tom.Shaw@legis.state.ia.usJeff.Smith@legis.state.ia.us; mark.smith@legis.state.ia.us;  

chuck.soderberg@legis.state.ia.us; sharon.steckman@legis.state.ia.us; kurt.swaim@legis.state.ia.us; annette.sweeney@legis.state.ia.usJeremy.Taylor@legis.state.ia.us; todd.taylor@legis.state.ia.us;

phyllis.thede@legis.state.ia.us; roger.thomas@legis.state.ia.usdavid.tjepkes@legis.state.ia.us; linda.upmeyer@legis.state.ia.usjim.van.engelenhoven@legis.state.ia.us; Guy.VanderLinden@legis.state.ia.us;  

nick.wagner@legis.state.ia.us; ralph.watts@legis.state.ia.us; andrew.wenthe@legis.state.ia.us;  

beth.wessel-kroeschell@legis.state.ia.usnate.willems@legis.state.ia.us; cindy.winckler@legis.state.ia.us;  

matt.windschitl@legis.state.ia.us; John.Wittneben@legis.state.ia.usMary.Wolfe@legis.state.ia.us; gary.worthan@legis.state.ia.us;

 

Below is the email I sent personally to the entire Iowa House on HF 345.  Please feel free to use my research in your email.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

Dear Iowa House of Representatives,

I'm hopeful you will allow children the opportunity to have equal access to both parents by voting in favor of HF 345.

Click here for a thesis explaining in-depth the legality need along with the social need for a rebuttable presumption of joint physical care here in Iowa.  

A few key points that I would like to stress are as follows:

 

·         Joint physical care or shared parenting is when both parents share physical placement of the child(ren). Simply defined, joint physical care allows the child(ren) to live with each parent 50% of the time during the year.

 

·         In all thirty-three comparative studies in the U.S. comparing the outcomes of children in joint physical care to those in the care of only one parent found that children in joint physical care have better outcomes (Bauserman, 2002).

 

·         The percentage of all births that were to unmarried women more than doubled between 1980 and 2008. In 2008, 41 percent of births were to unmarried women, up from 40 percent in 2007. Increases have occurred for women in all age groups, with the largest increases measured for women in their twenties (America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010).

 

·         Mothers win primary physical care in 84.4 percent of the cases (Support Providers: 2002, 2005).

 

·         According to recent studies, approximately 40 percent of child victims were maltreated by their mothers acting alone; another 18.3 percent were maltreated by their fathers acting alone; 17.3 percent were abused by both parents (United States Department of Health and Human Services, 2007).

 

·         On specifically neglect, a study found that children living with just one parent, under any living arrangement, had significantly higher rates of Harm Standard neglect with 27.0 per 1,000 children compared to those living with two married biological parents with 4.2 per 1,000 children (Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4), 2010).

 

·         Research by Dr. Judith Wallerstein and Dr. Joan Berlin Kelly revealed that 50 percent of mothers either saw no value in the father's contact with his children and actively tried to sabotage it, or resented the father's contact (Wallerstein & Kelly, 1996).

 

·         According to the U.S. Department of Justice, an estimated 2.11 million persons under the age of eighteen were arrested in 2008, where 1 in 10 arrests were for murder and 1 in 4 arrests were for robbery, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. The report further showed that Iowa (92% reporting coverage) reported 252 juvenile violent crime arrests, 1792 juvenile property crime arrests, 396 juvenile drug abuse arrests, and 52 juvenile weapons arrests (Juvenile Arrests 2008, 2009).

 

The negative impacts of fatherless children cannot be ignored. Please support HF 345 which will create a rebuttable presumption of joint physical care and help ensure that Iowa's children gain access to both parents!

 

Sincerely,

Bryan Iehl

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JamesC, not much response either - maybe calling is better ... did get a YES from Garrett, "agree with you, will consider" from Gaines, and get this: an "if you are a constituent, I will replay asap" from Alons.
Now, we have an even bigger group to go after. I am going to revise my letter a bit as well. Or maybe even write two. One politically professional and one sappy and right to the gut.
The IA Bar seemingly an opponent, money (or shall we say greed) likely an issue. In reality, I have had nothing but uncooperative and rather sarcastic conversations with them anyhow.
Unfortunately SD's bill was defeated by 20-13, yet wasn't all too wide a vote.

Anyone, know when voting will be ..

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I plan to attend on Tuesday but am completely unfamiliar with the process. Where do I need to go once I get to the capital? Are we all meeting in a general location first?

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The public entrance is on the south side. You can walk to the stairs on the east and just follow it around. Once in you go through, screening is similar to the airport or court house. There will be chairs down the hall a ways. You should see a lot of familiar faces!

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There are a lot of people who have been through hell or are currently in hell. If you want to help make a difference, tomorrow you need to find a way to get to  Des Moines for a few hours. We need as many people as possible. This bill is one of the major drives for this organization and we all need to come help support it. (calling all troops) Bring a friend, relatives, anyone who understands your pain. Tomorrow is your day.  9am-12pm.

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Thanks to those that were there. It was a real positive experience for me even though it looks like the vote got pushed back until tomorrow. Just gives us another day to contact our reps.

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That's GREAT news. I'm not sure what I was looking at but it said that the House had convened at 3:06 and was done by 3:11 and no mention of a vote. Nevertheless time to put some pressure on the Senate. Don't let this momentum fade!

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Great News! House File 345, passed the Iowa House today!  The bill passed with bipartisan support by a margin of  69 ayes to 26 nays and will now go over to the Iowa Senate.  

 

I want to thank everyone who took the time to write a letter of support and/or attend our Rally at the Capitol today.  Your efforts are making the difference in a rebuttable presumption of joint physical care becoming law this year!   

 

We must now start the same lobbying process in the Senate.  More information to follow over the next few days regarding which committee the bill will be assigned in the Senate and which Senators to immediately contact.  

 

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Congrats!  This is great...now we just need to work on educating mothers shared care is a good thing!  As a divorced mom, I was terrified when my ex wanted shared care, but it all worked out and my kids are so well adapted!  It is the best for my children!
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I am in the middle of trying to obtain joint custody, for just basic visitation...how will this affect me?  How long before this could be passed and standard law?
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If you are in the middle of a dissolution, make sure you or your attorney ask for joint physical care. Do not leave this out. The judge has to make a written finding of fact, of why not after you ask.

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Attached are the voting results on House File 345.

 
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This is absolutely fantastic! A great effort by all involved. I sent out 100 individual emails to all the Rep and got many responses back saying they understand and will vote for it and some responding after the fact saying they are proud to say they voted for it. When will this get to the senate? I will start my email campaign as soon as I know and will encourage others to do the same...

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HF 345 has been read into the Senate and assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

 

Sen. Fraise is the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Please contact him directly and separate from other committee members and ask him to support HF 345 and to assign to a subcommittee as soon as possible so that children of Iowa can start having a presumption of equal access to both parents when cases of divorce or separation arise.

 

Please immediately contact all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and ask them to support HF 345.  For your convenience, all committee member email address are listed below:

 

eugene.fraise@legis.state.ia.us; rob.hogg@legis.state.ia.us; nancy.boettger@legis.state.ia.us; bill.dix@legis.state.ia.us; robert.dvorsky@legis.state.ia.us; tom.hancock@legis.state.ia.us; wally.horn@legis.state.ia.us; pam.jochum@legis.state.ia.us; herman.quirmbach@legis.state.ia.us; steve.sodders@legis.state.ia.us; kent.sorenson@legis.state.ia.us; pat.ward@legis.state.ia.us; jack.whitver@legis.state.ia.us

 

Time is of the essence to get this bill passed. Below is the email I sent.  Please feel free to use any portion of my email in stressing your point to legislators.

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Dear Senate Judiciary Committee Members,

 

I'm hopeful you will allow children the opportunity to have equal access to both parents by voting in favor of HF 345. Please click here for a thesis explaining in-depth the legality need along with the social need for a rebuttable presumption of joint physical care here in Iowa.   

 

A few key points that I would like to stress are as follows:

 

    * Joint physical care or shared parenting is when both parents share physical placement of the child(ren). Simply defined, joint physical care allows the child(ren) to live with each parent 50% of the time during the year.

 

    * The percentage of all births that were to unmarried women more than doubled between 1980 and 2008. In 2008, 41 percent of births were to unmarried women, up from 40 percent in 2007. Increases have occurred for women in all age groups, with the largest increases measured for women in their twenties (America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010).

 

    * Mothers win primary physical care in 84.4 percent of the cases (Support Providers: 2002, 2005).

 

    * According to recent studies, approximately 40 percent of child victims were maltreated by their mothers acting alone; another 18.3 percent were maltreated by their fathers acting alone; 17.3 percent were abused by both parents (United States Department of Health and Human Services, 2007).

 

    * On specifically neglect, a study found that children living with just one parent, under any living arrangement, had significantly higher rates of Harm Standard neglect with 27.0 per 1,000 children compared to those living with two married biological parents with 4.2 per 1,000 children (Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4), 2010).

 

    * Research by Dr. Judith Wallerstein and Dr. Joan Berlin Kelly revealed that 50 percent of mothers either saw no value in the father's contact with his children and actively tried to sabotage it, or resented the father's contact (Wallerstein & Kelly, 1996).

 

    * According to the U.S. Department of Justice, an estimated 2.11 million persons under the age of eighteen were arrested in 2008, where 1 in 10 arrests were for murder and 1 in 4 arrests were for robbery, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. The report further showed that Iowa (92% reporting coverage) reported 252 juvenile violent crime arrests, 1792 juvenile property crime arrests, 396 juvenile drug abuse arrests, and 52 juvenile weapons arrests (Juvenile Arrests 2008, 2009).

 

The negative impacts of fatherless children cannot be ignored. Please support HF 345 which will create a rebuttable presumption of joint physical care and help ensure that Iowa's children gain access to both parents!

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Lastly, many of our members have requested IowaFathers start using facebook.  We now have an official faecbook page where we are sharing information regarding HF 345, including voting results from the Iowa House. You can access this page from the main page on our website or by clicking here.  Please be sure to visit our page and click the Like button!  

 

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On Tuesday, March 29th, IowaFathers is holding a Rally at the State Capitol to show support for HF 345 from 9:00 am until noon.  This is a great opportunity to show support and speak directly with several State Senators on supporting the bill.    

 

Where to Meet at the Capitol: 

Second floor in front of the Iowa Senate entrance at 9:00 a.m.  For those not familiar with the Capitol layout, the Senate entrance is located in the center of the building.     

 

HF 345 must be voted out of committee by Thursday, March 31, 2011. To accomplish this task, we need member participation.  It is critical members show support by attending this rally and/or continuing to email Senators in the Judiciary Committee.

 

Please plan on attending this rally and bringing someone with you such as a significant other, sibling, parent, concerned citizen, etc.  If you are in need of transportation, please email me and I will see what I can do to accommodate your needs.

 

The time has come for a rebuttable presumption of joint physical care to become law here in Iowa. This will only happened if you take the time to help engage the political system.  Please continue to write and call your State Senator asking them to support HF 345. I look forward to seeing you at the Rally at the State Capitol on next Tuesday, March 29th.  


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Greetings!

 

We have the votes for HF 345  to pass out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  

 

However,  Sen. Fraise  is the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and appears reluctant to bring the bill up for a vote.   One person should not prevent the opportunity for the committee to approve this legislation!  

 

Please contact him immediately eugene.fraise@legis.state.ia.us or 515-281-3371 and ask him to bring HF 345 up for a vote in committee tomorrow, March 31, 2011.  

 

I want to thank everyone for your hard work!  Without your efforts, this would not be possible!

 

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did tihs die?
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"Political reasons have not the requisite certainty to afford juridical interpretation. They are different in different men. They are different in the same men at different times. And when a strict interpretation of the Constitution, according to the fixed rules which govern the interpretation of laws, is abandoned, and the theoretical opinions of individuals are allowed to control its meaning, we have no longer a Constitution; we are under a government of individual men, who for the time being have the power to declare what the Constitution is, according to their own views of that it ought to mean." Dred Scott v.Sanford, 19 How. 393, 620 (1857) (Curtis, J., dissenting).
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If the bill is not DEAD, where does it go from here.  I think Brian Schonjohan from the senate would help, if we talked with him.


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Please do talk to Sen. Schonjohan about supporting the bill.  We might need to wait until next legislative session to get the bill passed but it's not dead.

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"Political reasons have not the requisite certainty to afford juridical interpretation. They are different in different men. They are different in the same men at different times. And when a strict interpretation of the Constitution, according to the fixed rules which govern the interpretation of laws, is abandoned, and the theoretical opinions of individuals are allowed to control its meaning, we have no longer a Constitution; we are under a government of individual men, who for the time being have the power to declare what the Constitution is, according to their own views of that it ought to mean." Dred Scott v.Sanford, 19 How. 393, 620 (1857) (Curtis, J., dissenting).
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How do we go about "reviving" HF 345? Does the bill go back to the House or do we just have to battle with the Senate? I guess I'm a little confused on the whole process. Also, when is the next session?
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Hi, I'm from Illinois but I had to join this group because this is the first bill of this kind that I have ever heard of anywhere (if anyone knows of efforts like this in Illinois or  anywhere else for that matter please let me know, I am new to this). I will be following your progress and if you have another rally I will hit the highway with whoever I can talk into coming with me! Thanks for all your efforts.
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Since the new legislative session is just around the corner is there an update on HF 345? How do we get this back on the table for consideration?

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It should be still in the Senate committee. It made it all the way there from the house. It needs to get passed out of the committee and onto the Senate floor. The Governor has already indicated he would sign it. We have strong opposition by the bar association  who control a few legislators. What we need is more than the dozen people who showed up down there to lobby for it. I'm not trying to be harsh here but if people really want change, then it is going to take more than complaining about the system on the web and more people showing up when needed down in Des Moines. We usually get very little notice from our bill sponsors on when our bill is coming up for debate. So you have to be ready to go with a day or two notice. It's hard but doable if you want it bad enough. The Gays got their's passed with a huge turn out down there. Iowafathers has the numbers, but cannot get them to get to Des Moines.  We are going to go at it again in January. We will need people to go down there a couple of times to help.

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Ia m just nwo getting internet back and was reading this thread. Where are things at with HF345 now?

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