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Family and Parenting Bill Introduced

March 12, 1998
By: Tristin Yeager
State Capital Bureau

Republican Representative Pat Kelley has introduced a bill that would pay male-female couples one thousand dollars for signing and abiding by a family and parenting values affidavit. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol.

The affidavit would say you are at least twenty-one years old, have never been married, have not had a sexually transmitted disease, have not had a child and have not had an abortion.

Kelley comments on his reasons for introducing the bill.

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RunTime: :13.638
OutCue: "...responsibility for their children."
Contents: Kelley says he thinks it sets a tone that state public policy will be chastity before marriage, faithfulness in marriage, and marriage for life and that parents should take responsibility for their children.

Since the bill was introduced right before the legislative break, it's not likely that the bill will pass this session. Kelley acknowledges this, but adds he hopes it will spark debate on the related issues.


You could no longer seek a divorce without naming a specific reason under a bill introduced by state Republican Representative Pat Kelley. Tristin Yeager reports from the state capitol.

Married couples can currently obtain a divorce without giving a reason. This bill would return to a years-old policy which required couples to specify a reason in order to receive a divorce.

Kelley responds to concern that couples who want a divorce will not be eligible if their reasons are not deemed justifiable.

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RunTime: :09.067
OutCue: "...is a very serious problem."
Contents: Kelley says he is trying to inform people that marriage is a serious thing and that when people get married they are expected to stay married unless there is a very serious problem.

Introducing the bill right before the legislative break almost guarantees the bill will not pass this session.