Pennsylvania - Legislative Activity
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Senator Arlen Specter (Republican)
- 5/23/02 - John Murtari call's the office
back, leaves a voice mail message for Jennifer asking if the Senator
would call for Congressional Hearings into the need for reform.
- 5/9/2002 - Two weeks earlier we
had faxed the office a letter asking for a meeting (see example
notes here). On that day we met with Jennifer Shevchek, a
We arrived at the Senate office a bit late and had to wait in the
reception area until the Legislative Correspondent, Jennifer Shevchek
came out to greet us. While waiting, Senator Specter arrived and
graciously proceeded around the reception area shaking everyone's hand.
Jennifer came and we were taken to a small conference room. Jennifer
then asked us the purpose of the meeting.
I (Mary Jo Marceau-Hawthorne)
explained that we came seeking family court reform and the affirmation
of our constitutional rights as parents to raise our children. I also
added that Child Protective Services and Family Placement Services
lacked accountability for their actions and are given too much power.
Ms. Shevchek felt that this was a state issue and we should go back to
our state and see local representatives. John
(Murtari) explained that the family rights act that 'A Kids Right '
has drafted, reaffirms a parents constitutional right to raise their
child and a child's right to be with their parent. Ms. Shevchek then
explained that we would be more effective if we brought our issues to
the Judiciary Committee staff of which the Senator is a member.
asked if the Senator could help by bringing these issues before the
committee and recommend congressional hearings. We told her about
a Constitutional Lawyer (Mr. Chester
Darling) who had argued and won cases before the US Supreme Court
who also thought Civil Rights were being violated by the states -- and
would be happy to testify before Congress. We asked that the
Senator consider asking for hearings into reform.
Ms. Shevchek then said
she felt the Senator was just too busy at this time and felt that our
best plan would be to submit these issues ourselves. She said she would
leave the packet we gave her with another staff member and assured us
that the Senator would be made aware of our information. We asked if we
could follow up in a month and she agreed.