Tuesday, March 03, 2009

AZ Legislature Waging Open Warfare On Poor Children...

...and the opening salvo in the latest skirmish will be fired at tomorrow's meeting of the House Health and Human Services Committee...

This is a little late in the day, but an email from the Children's Action Alliance was forwarded to me, and it's worthy of some attention.

From the email -
On Wednesday, March 4, 2009, the House Health and Human Services Committee is meeting at 8am and their agenda includes significant bills that need your action. (You are getting this message because you live in the district of a committee member.)


The email then urged recipients to contact their legislators on the committee to urge them to vote against HB2203, a measure that would cut off TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) benefits to children whose guardians fall out of compliance with CPS requirements (paperwork, immunizations, etc.) and to vote for HB2622 (subject to a strike-everything amendment on the same subject), a measure that would "would require the parent of a child taken into CPS custody to inform CPS and the court within 30 days of relatives who might have an interest in caring for the child. "

Both are sponsored by the likes of wingers like Nancy Barto and Ray Barnes. The difference is that the harsh HB2203 is sponsored *only* by wingers where the sensible HB2622 has Democrat Tom Chabin as the original sponsor.

Anyway, the committee members include Reps. Ed Ableser (D-LD17), Frank Antenori (R-LD30), Nancy Barto (R-LD7), Tom Boone (R-LD4), David Bradley (D-LD28), Steve Court (R-LD18), Doris Goodale (R-LD3), Phil Lopes (D-LD27), and Rick Murphy (R-LD9).

If you live in one of those districts, contact your legislator and urge them to vote against HB2203 as it punishes children for the actions/inactions of adults and to vote for HB2622 because it increases the likelihood that children in home situations that call for CPS's removal of the children from the situation will end up in a stable home.

It might be too late to talk to them at the office tonight, but emails and voicemails will be read or listened to in the a.m. before the meeting.


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