Every grandparent in America should start paying attention to these pathetic efforts by our elected officials. We believe that grandparents should have the legal right to be in the lives of their grandchildren, and not only if “one parent is deceased, missing or in a vegetative state and the other one has a history of violence or is a convicted felon.”
Research shows the strong benefit to grandchildren when they have a loving grandparent in their lives; they do better in school, have higher graduation rates, less drug use and less problems with the law.
Read this and weep, and then get mad and join Grandparents Rights of the United States of America and make your voice heard.
Palm Beach Post – April 28, 2015
After languishing for years, grandparents’ rights proposal sent to Scott
A measure that would give grandparents a legal avenue to try to see their grandchildren when visitation is denied was approved Monday by the Florida Senate and sent to Gov. Rick Scott.
The legislation (HB 149), which has been proposed but failed to win full approval from the Legislature for several years, stems from a central Florida case in which a woman disappeared and her children were barred from seeing their grandparents, supporters said.
The bill was approved 37-0 by the Senate, where Sen. Joe Abruzzo, D-Wellington, was the sponsor. The House OK’d the measure sponsored by Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, 112-0 last month.
The measure would give grandparents and even great-grandparents, the right to petition the courts for visitation if one parent is deceased, missing or in a vegetative state and the other one has a history of violence or is a convicted felon.