State of Massachusetts Archives: on Families & Children


Martha Coakley: Mandatory prosecution of restraining order violations

Coakley has been a supporter of current restraining order policies as Middlesex County District Attorney from 1999 to 2007 and as Attorney General since 2007. She has also supported mandatory prosecution of restraining order violations, even when those violations are trivial, unintentional, or harmless.

On the Greater Boston television show, Coakley defended restraining order policies on the show, and did not acknowledge the need for any changes.

Source: Fathers & Families email on 2010 MA Senate debate Jan 14, 2010

Scott Brown: Presumption of shared parenting after divorce

As a member of the Massachusetts legislature for over five years, Senator Brown has clearly supported a presumption of shared parenting after divorce. In fact, he was a co-sponsor of Fathers and Families' HB 1460, a bill which calls for just such a presumption. As a child of divorce, he also has supported shared parenting in conversations with me. Members may recall that Brown spoke at a Fathers and Families meeting a few years ago.
Source: Fathers & Families email on 2010 MA Senate debate Jan 14, 2010

Michael Capuano: Healthy Families Act: paid time off for respite care

Q: How would you address long-term care so people can stay in their homes?A: I support a continuum of medical care, and I share your conviction that home and community services contribute both to high quality care and to the dignity & autonomy of the patient. I co-founded, with another urban Democrat and two rural Republican colleagues, the bi-partisan House caucus on Community Health Centers. I have consistently supported Visiting Nurses and hospice care. I am proud to co-sponsor HR 2460, the Healthy Families Act, which adds paid time off to the protections of the Family and Medical Leave Act. I am aware of the responsibilities, lovingly borne, by family caregivers. As a Mayor, I negotiated flextime and job sharing to help employees fulfill their family responsibilities.
Source: 2009 AARP Voter Guide: MA Senate Dec 1, 2009

Jeff Beatty: Supports protecting families

Beatty supports John McCain for president, seeing the Republican candidate as a man like himself whose priorities are “to protect families, to protect jobs, and to protect the country.” He endorsed Jessica’s Law, a law adopted by 42 states to punish sex offenders and limit their ability to re-offend. In support of protecting jobs, he said he opposes benefits to illegal immigrants at the expense of legal immigrants and American citizens and supports reduced taxes on small businesses.
Source: Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle on 2008 MA Senate Debate Aug 13, 2008

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