Shared Parenting bill voted down in Senate

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House Bill 1392 passed on the House floor today. They accepted the Senate amendments and added a few new amendments of their own. This bill stirred some major controversy over the word “presumption,” presuming equal parenting was in the best interest of a child. The conference committee removed that language earlier in the week.

The biggest policy change this would add is a requirement for an explanation for court requests.

Rep. Shannon Roers Jones: “We felt that this was a good compromise that balanced out the concerns that the Senate raised about the potential for non-custodial parents to continue to bring this issue back in front of the courts in a retaliatory or harassing method.”

It was a surprise this bill didn’t have any floor debate, with 21 red votes.

Once this bill crossed over to the Senate floor, it had a much different tone. Senators voted on the added house amendments. 

The bill was killed with a significant amount of red votes. Several senators took the floor with testimony against it’s passage. 

We spoke with some lawmakers after the last session ended, where they said the odds of the bill returning are slim to none. 

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