What else do I say to convince my Representative?

My legislator has agreed to file a Family Friendly Jury Duty  bill.

What do I do now?  Click here to find out

Emphasize the POSITIVE aspects of

Family Friendly Jury Duty legislation!

(Last updated March 1, 2005)

·          Tell him or her that such a bill is good “People” Legislation

·          It’s compassionate as it protects our most vulnerable
citizens — babies and small children; the disabled and elderly.

·          The best interests of the courts would be served, since frantic parents and frantic family caretakers would not make good jurors!

·          This type of legislation has broad bipartisan appeal.

·          Liberals like it since it gives full-time parents of young
children (or family caretakers) a choice to serve or not, its impact significantly benefits the child or dependent family member.

·          Conservatives like it since it benefits families and their children with virtually no cost to government or to society.

·          This is not ground-breaking legislation! 

·          As of January 2005, Most other states have or are considering adopting family friendly jury duty legislation (in one form or another).

·          Why not your state?

·          Other states with this legislation have had no collapse in their respective court systems.

·          Approximately 76% of U.S. Federal District Courts have provisions for family caregivers in their jury plans.

·          If one of these U.S. Federal District Courts is in your state, a precedent has been set.

·          Since this U.S. Federal District Court has ‘family friendly jury duty’ policies, why doesn’t the state court system follow suit?

·          Enacting this “People” legislation would show the rest of the USA that your state is progressive and family friendly and cares about its most vulnerable citizens.

Click here to see states that have or are considering Family Friendly Jury Duty Legislation.

How to get family friendly jury duty laws for your state

Where do I start? 

Convince your representative to file a bill

Convince your representative, continued

What do I do once a Family Friendly Jury Duty bill has been filed?  

Contact your legislator the EASY way

What do I say when I call?

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