What do I say when I call?

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(Last updated March 1, 2005)

What do I say when I call?

When you call and leave a message for your legislator, you might want to say something like:  “Please support Family Friendly Jury Duty Legislation, (your state’s senate or house bill number), because: 

(use any one of the reasons below:)”

·          A jury service commitment is very unpredictable, which makes it extremely difficult to obtain suitable all-day childcare/care for dependent family member. 

·          Substitute care arrangements for children or family members (for jury duty) places a financial hardship on families with only one source of income. 

·          Currently, 21 states and U.S. Territories have ‘family friendly jury duty’ laws, and Federal courts currently have similar policies in 76 percent of their jurisdictions.
Why doesn’t our state follow this precedent?

·          A breastfeeding mother should not be separated from her baby!

·          A frantic mother would not make a good juror!

·          This is good legislation for families, it won't disrupt our court system,
PLUS – it won’t cost taxpayers a dime!

For more persuasive reasons to support Family Friendly Jury Duty,

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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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