Virtually all of the parental rights bills that were submitted to the Judiciary Committee for the 2017 legislative session in Connecticut have died in committee. AGAIN.
These are bills that Connecticut citizens have been trying to get passed for years and have had to unnecessarily recycle them, year after year. The bills all encompass the basic principle of equality among fit parents and minimal government intrusion in their parent-child relationships, during and post-divorce.
As a result of this, there are no public hearings scheduled and Connecticut parents have to wait another year before trying again. However, on February 21, 2017 there was a public hearing that addressed Bill number 6998, An Act Concerning the Use of Recycled Tire Rubber at Municipal and Public School Playgrounds. This Bill DID survive the committee and made it all the way to public hearing status. Citizens had the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings on this bill. If the use of recycled rubber on playgrounds made it, why didn’t the restoration of the fundamental rights of fit parents make it?
Why Parental Rights Bills Don’t Make it.
We have more than 15 million non-custodial parents in the United States, and far more children who are needlessly suffering without their loving parent. The absence of a fit parent will determine if a child presents with risk factors such as teen pregnancy, the use of illegal substances, the need for psychotropic drugs, delinquency, quitting school, etc. Unhealthy children grow into unhealthy adults. Look around you at all the mental illness and behavior problems that encompasses our society.
These archaic and unconstitutional custody laws have been poisoning our young people since the 1970’s, and now we are seeing the results of several generations of this brutality. It’s no surprise that the health status of our citizens has plummeted in the past 40 years.
The Connecticut legislature largely ignores families who want to be treated as equals, and they ignore the pleas for reform. They killed nearly 15 bills concerning parental rights this year, and Connecticut has not seen a modicum of reform since the passing of Public Act 14-3 in 2014.
Of the top seven members of the Connecticut Judiciary Committee, five of them are attorneys who practice Family Law. They are also responsible for rubber-stamping every corrupt judge, in spite of the complaints they have been receiving by their constituents over a long period of time.
2017 can’t be another wasted year for parental rights in Connecticut. The rubber tire constituents got their public hearing. Are there as many citizens who want recycled rubber tires in playgrounds, as there are parents who want to repair their families? Are the people who want different materials in their playground more important than divorced parents, or children of divorced parents?