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DADS and of Michigan PAC Alert!

March 17, 2006

DADS of Michigan PAC,

It has been a very busy 3 weeks with a lot of legislation moving very actively. The small team that goes to Lansing is putting in a lot of time. Your lobbyist has earned his pay. You can help by reading and understanding the bills and telephone your Legislators and tell them your story, and that you want change in family court. DADS of Michigan PAC has opened the door for you. Now we need your voice.

We will also be sending alerts to more then 200 Region Directors and Coordinators in the state. We need you to recruit more people and have them send an email to dadspac@dadsofmichigan.org to sign up.

Legislation supporting Shared Parenting HB 5267 has been somewhat quiet this last two weeks as other bills have perculated to the top of the legislative agenda. Recent activities: responded to several edits to the bill (many other groups submit edits to the bill and we have to respond to them), Tim O'Brien published a very significant editorial in the Detroit News, met with several legislators and committee chairs, established dialogue with the Michigan Bar Association (MBA) Family Law Section (FLS) to gain their support (DADS PAC members attended the MBA FLS meeting in Lansing), established dialogue with FOC Representatives to gain FOC support, many of you have contacted your legislators (we hear about that), established a Shared Parenting web site, provided legislators with very significant studies and reports on shared parenting, submitted an article to the MBA FLS journal, and more. Please, please contact your legislator and express your support.

We testified on HB 4161 Affidavit of Parentage and fought with some success on this. The big success is the presumption of Mom parentage in unwed situations has been removed. We had people testify at committee hearings and provided written testimony. Is it a home run, no. Is it progress, absolutely. The bill still must pass the floor vote and signed by the Governor. A great deal of credit goes to our Policy Team on Custody and Visitation.

The Paternity bill HB 5088 and SB 467 was heard in committee and again we provided a significant and powerful package of written testimony and had people come in for testimony. We are adding a section to our web site on paternity issues (stay tuned). Our Policy Team has written numerous articles, appeared on TV and radio programs, provided testimony, researched other bills from around the country, and much more.

The Parenting Plan bill HB 5701 is also high on our priority list and has gone through a lot of transformation. We are working with Citizens for Traditional Values (CTV) and the Michigan Family Forum (MFF) to shape this legislation. This would allow for written parenting plans prepared by parents. It is a lot more complicated then that, but it will allow your parenting plan to have more influence then the Michigan parenting time guidelines (see our web site for the guidelines)

Marriage Package. We are working with Citizens for Traditional Values (CTV) and the Michigan Family Forum (MFF) to shape this legislation. See the bills below.

We continue to challenge the arguments of those groups and organizations that constantly batter family friendly legislation which would support "The Best Parent Is Both Parents"  Who shows up at the meetings, the usual suspects…..DHS, NOW, DV groups, Family Court Judge, MFF, FRC,); Dads, Family Law Section, MCC, FOC.

Bicycle for Shared Parenting: Robb McKenzie will extend his bicycle challenge for shared parenting beginning June 14th from Lansing to Washington, DC. Robb is running and working out every day to get tuned up for this trek. We have linked up with ACFC affiliates along the way to provide escorts for Robb. Stay tuned for maps and details of Robb's Ride For Shared Parenting. A national publicity program is being prepared and will be available for distribution shortly.

PAC Action: Many of you can not commit the time to be in Lansing for legislative sessions and we have engaged a very effective lobbyist to get in front of the legislators. We need your financial support. With many of the pending bills reaching a critical stage, DADS of Michigan PAC engaged a lobbyist to further these issues. This is not free and we need you to make a monthly financial commitment of $10, $15, $25, $50, $100, $500, $1000 per month for the next year. We can process these via credit card each month. Please call our hotline at 248-559-3237 today to make your pledge or email dadspac@dadsofmichigan.org.


Repeal the Bradley Amendment by Phyllis Schlafly - Feb 27, 2006

Posted in News by ANCPR on the February 27th, 2006
Townhall.com :: Columns :: Repeal the Bradley Amendment by Phyllis Schlafly - Feb 27, 2006
When our supposedly compassionate federal government pokes its nose into areas that, under our principle of federalism, should be none of its business, the result is often unintended consequences, gross injustices, and of course massive costs.

A prime example is the 1986 federal Bradley Amendment, which mandates that a child-support debt cannot be retroactively reduced or forgiven even if the debtor is unemployed, hospitalized, in prison, sent to war, dead, proved to not be the father, never allowed to see his children, or loses his job or suffers a pay cut. (more...)


 Events and Calendar - Show Your Support:

Judge Kathleen McCarthy, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge, Thursday, March 23, 5:00-7:00 PM, Delux Cocktail Lounge, 350 Monroe, Detroit, MI 48226, $100.00

Senator Michael Bishop, Thursday, March 23, 7:00 PM, Rochester Mills Beer Company, 400 Water St, Rochester, MI 48307, $35.00.

Keith A. Butler: There is going to be a Meet & Greet Keith A. Butler for U.S. Senate There is NO COST to attend. The new date is Friday, March 24th from 7:00 -9.00 in the Family Center at Life Christian Church, 3193 Rochester Rd. Troy, MI 48083 There will be light refreshments served.

 ***Pizza & Politics on the Road***
A special event for Precinct Delegates and grassroots activists!

Precinct Delegates are the driving force of our party. Join us for FREE
regional pizza parties to thank our 2004 delegates, and sign-up to be delegate for 2006!
Notaries Public will be on hand to notarize your affidavit to become a delegate!

West Michigan Event
Tuesday, March 21st 6 - 9 PM
Kent County GOP Headquarters
264 Leonard NW, Grand Rapids 49504

Northern Michigan Event
Wednesday, March 22nd 6 - 9 PM
Spicy Bob's Italian Express
1290 W. Main St., Gaylord 49735

Southeast Michigan Event
Thursday, March 23rd 6 - 9 PM
Elk's Club #1523
2401 E. 4th St., Royal Oak 48067

 Precinct Delegate

Become a Precinct Delegate for your legislative district and vote in your political party on important policy and agenda issues. DADS of Michigan PAC is supporting a state wide initiative to have a Precinct Delegate in every legislative district. Sign up by completing the form and sending to the DADS of Michigan address on our home page. We will help ensure that this is correctly registered, or you may register yourself. Precinct Delegate Form, Instruction. Or check our web site under PAC.

 Legal Updates

The Michigan Supreme Court recently denied leave to appeal in Muller, leaving intact the trial court order restricting the presence of unrelated members of the opposite sex during parenting time.


 Family law
Updated Bills or Resolutions:

  • HB 5698 of 2006
    Family law; marriage and divorce; divorce; require a divorce effects program before entry of judgment of divorce.
  • HB 5699 of 2006
    Family law; marriage and divorce; prerequisites for issuance of a marriage license; require premarriage program or longer waiting period. TIE BAR WITH: HB 5700'06HB 5702'06HB 5703'06
  • HB 5700 of 2006
    Income tax; credit; marriage preservation tax credit; provide for. TIE BAR WITH: HB 5699'06HB 5702'06HB 5703'06
  • HB 5701 of 2006
    Family law; child custody; child parenting plan; create. TIE BAR WITH: HB 5698'06
  • HB 5702 of 2006
    Family law; marriage and divorce; individuals who can accept payment and perform marriage and family counseling; expand. TIE BAR WITH: HB 5699'06HB 5700'06HB 5703'06
  • HB 5703 of 2006
    Family law; marriage and divorce; recording of certain information on marriage license and certificate; require. TIE BAR WITH: HB 5699'06HB 5700'06HB 5702'06
  • HB 4086 of 2005
    Family law; marriage and divorce; solemnization of marriage; allow all county clerks and their designees to conduct. Amends secs. 7 & 16 of 1846 RS 83 (MCL 551.7 & 551.16).
  • HB 4161 of 2005
    Family law; child custody; provision regarding presumption of custody in acknowledgment of parentage act; repeal. Repeals sec. 6 of 1996 PA 305 (MCL 722.1006).
  • SB 0120 of 2005
    Criminal procedure; evidence; prior acts of domestic violence; allow to be admissible as evidence. Amends 1927 PA 175 (MCL 760.1 - 777.69) by adding sec. 27a to ch. VIII.

Updates are sent for any change to a given item, including spelling error corrections. Therefore it is possible to be notified that an item has been updated when no legislative activity has occured on the bill.

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Kind regards.

DADS of Michigan PAC

"Fathers are responsible parents too…because the best parent is both parents"


All truth passes through three stages.
             First, it is ridiculed.
             Second, it is violently opposed.
             Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
                          — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER (1788-1860)