The revisions to Chapter 49 of the West Virginia State Code that are being presented in Senate Bill 404 will give the judiciary and school systems excessive power to bring children and their parents to court and adjudicate the parents as abusive and neglectful if the child misses school for reasons that are not satisfactory to the judiciary/school system [any identified number of absences regardless of reason]. This bill makes chapter 49's power over the people excessive and far reaching. For example, if this bill passes, and Susie misses 7 days of school due to illness but her parents cannot afford medical care, leaving her without a doctors note, Susie and her parents can be taken to court. Under this bill, this can happen even if Susie is an A+ student and shows no other signs that she's being abused/neglected at home. This is far reaching and can drastically impact the average family in West Virginia. This will also overtax the child welfare system in West Virginia. There will not be enough social workers or foster care placements for the children who will be impacted by this revision to the law. West Virginian's need to be aware of what the legislature is considering with this bill and be able to voice their opinion. The bill can be found at:
Sign this petition and pledge to contact your representative and voice your opinion, tell your representative to vote NO to Senate Bill No. 404.
If you are unsure of who your representative is you can also call Governor Tomblin's office and voice your position on this bill at:
(304) 558-2000 or 1-888-438-2731
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