Thursday, March 13, 2008

SB162 - More CT Legislators Join In To Support Parental Rights

CT Legislative Office Building, Hartford

The Bi-partisan support for this legislation, the original language put forth by Rep. Arthur O'Neill, is growing. Legislators now signed on as co-sponsors to this bill are:

Sen. Edith G. Prague, 19th Dist.
Rep. Vincent J. Candelora, 86th Dist.
Rep. Arthur J. O'Neill, 69th Dist.
Rep. Pamela Z. Sawyer, 55th Dist.
Rep. Richard F. Ferrari, 62nd Dist.
Rep. Ruth C. Fahrbach, 61st Dist.
Rep. Al Adinolfi, 103rd Dist.
Sen. Robert J. Kane, 32nd Dist.
Rep. Patricia M. Widlitz, 98th Dist.
Sen. Dan Debicella, 21st Dist.
Rep. Anne L. Ruwet, 65th Dist.
Rep. Richard Roy, 119th Dist.
Rep. Lawrence G. Miller, 122nd Dist.
Rep. Elizabeth B. Ritter, 38th Dist.
Rep. Shawn T. Johnston, 51st Dist.
Rep. Deborah W. Heinrich, 101st Dist.
Rep. Anthony J. D'Amelio, 71st Dist.
Rep. Jason W. Bartlett, 2nd Dist.
Rep. Ron Burns, 77th Dist.
Rep. Ed Jutila, 37th Dist.
Sen. Joan V. Hartley, 15th Dist.
Rep. Mike Alberts, 50th Dist.
Rep. David Aldarondo, 75th Dist.
Sen. Andrea L. Stillman, 20th Dist.

Is YOUR legislator on the list?

and of course the legislators who passed it unanimously out of the Children's Committee were:

Sen. Meyer
Rep. McMahon
Sen. Harp
Rep. Mioli
Sen. Freedman
Rep. Ruwet
Rep. Giuliano
Rep. Mushinsky
Rep. Thompson, J.
(Rep Truglia was absent).

We, and our members, have also heard from other legislators who plan to support this bill as it is currently written, and these are just a few:

Sen. Sam Caligiuri
Rep. Witkos
Rep. Nafis
Rep. Jarmoc
Rep. Kalinowski
Rep. Hamm
Rep. Shoenfield

We are still waiting to see if the Chairs of the Education Committee will put this bill on their agenda and vote it out of their committee as is and with no changes.

I spoke to Speaker of the House, Jim Amann, the other day, face to face, and he asked me what the hold-up was on this bill. Maybe Senator Gaffey and Rep. Fleischmann have some answers for him.

The deadline is March 19th to get this bill out of committee. Additionally, many parents and legislators have already voiced their objection regarding any changes to this language as originally put forth by Rep. Arthur O'Neill. The bill's language is simple and clear - school districts MUST ACCEPT the withdrawal when parents give the school notice to do so.

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To all the legislators supporting this bill - Parents across CT THANK YOU!