Senate Bill 932 is on the Agenda to go before the Criminal Justice Committee tomorrow 03/16/21 at 12:30 pm.
SB 932 prohibits a court from granting time-sharing with a minor child to a parent registered as a sexual offender or sexual predator. It literally says timesharing MAY NOT be given to a registrant parent unless a judge makes written finding that the parent poses no significant risk of harm to the child and that time-sharing is in the child’s best interest.
Anybody who has been through the family court system knows that never happens. In Florida we have elected judges who will not risk re-election by making such a written finding. Judges are also not qualified practitioners and therefore should not be making risk assessments, especially when it comes to the right to the fundamental right to raise one’s children. (Art. I., s. 23 of the Florida Constitution provides that parents have a fundamental liberty interest in determining the care and upbringing of their children.)
Plus, its unreasonable for someone on the registry who is likely already struggling financially because of unemployment or underemployment caused by the stigma, to now be forced to hire an attorney to fight for timesharing that is otherwise statutorily guaranteed to all other parents.
With more than 50% of marriages ending in divorce, there will be hundreds of thousands of children who will lose a wonderful parent because of this sick bill. We NEED to fight this one!
Please write or call the Senators on the Criminal Justice Committee and ask them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 932!
|Chair: Senator Jason W. B. Pizzo (D)||[email protected]||(850) 487-5038|
|Vice Chair: Senator Jeff Brandes (R)||[email protected]||(850) 487-5024|
|Senator Dennis Baxley (R)||[email protected]||(850) 487-5012|
|Senator Jim Boyd (R)||[email protected]||(850) 487-5021|
|Senator George B. Gainer (R)||[email protected]||(850) 487-5002|
|Senator Keith Perry (R)||[email protected]||(850) 487-5008|
|Senator Bobby Powell (D)||[email protected]||(850) 487-5030|
|Senator Annette Taddeo (D)||[email protected]||(850) 487-5040|
Additionally, please fill out an Appearance Card, waiving appearance AGAINST SB932 and send it in to us. (see steps below)
- Print out an appearance card, which can be found here: https://www.flsenate.gov/UserContent/Committees/CommitteeAppearanceForm.pdf
- Fill out the card with your personal information. Make sure you fill out March 16, 2021 as the meeting date and SB932 as the Bill Number. Topic will be “Minor Time-sharing for Parent Convicted of a Specified Offense”. Check the box next to “Waive Speaking… Against”. Where it says ‘Representing’ write in “myself”. For the last two questions select “no”. Complete both the top and bottom of the cards (one is duplicate)
- Collect these forms from as many supporters as possible.
- Scan and email the forms to [email protected] and we will arrange to have them delivered to the Senate meeting.