Tom Birmingham on Families & Children

Former State Senate President; Democratic Challenger MA Governor

Strengthen assault laws to focus on domestic violence

In recognition that there was a gap in criminal statutes, Tom and the Senate passed a law to create the crime of “aggravated assault.” Prior to that law, there was no crime between simple assault and battery and felony assault. This was particularly problematic for prosecuting cases of domestic violence. The District Attorney’s Association and the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance supported the bill and the new criminal category is now on the books.
Source: Campaign web site, TomBirmingham.org Nov 24, 2001

Treat as crimes domestic stalking and harassment

The terrors visited upon stalking victims were a somewhat new challenge for the police and district attorneys to confront. The Senate responded with a new law that gives stalking victims the same protections as victims of domestic violence, including the ability to obtain a restraining order and the imposition of jail time and a fine if its violated, and adds criminal harassment to the definition of stalking.
Source: Campaign web site, TomBirmingham.org Nov 24, 2001

Small Necessities Leave Act: 24 hours off per year

Birmingham wrote and championed the new “Small Necessities Leave Act” that today guarantees workers at firms of 50 or more employees the right to take off 24 hours a year to participate in activities at their child’s school, or accompany kids or parents to medical appointments, including nursing home visits.
Source: Campaign web site, TomBirmingham.org Nov 24, 2001

Paid leave for new parents

Tom is fighting for paid family leave. Federal and state law requires many employers to provide time off for new parents, but does nothing to provide income for those parents. Tom has proposed having the state pay new parents on leave the same benefits they would receive if they lost a job and were unemployed. This program could help thousands of new parents to be able to afford to spend more time with their children during the crucial first few weeks of those children’s lives.
Source: Campaign web site, TomBirmingham.org Nov 24, 2001

Other governors on Families & Children: Tom Birmingham on other issues:
AK Frank Murkowski
AL Bob Riley
AR Mike Huckabee
AZ Janet Napolitano
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
CO Bill Owens
CT Jodi Rell
DE Ruth Ann Minner
FL Jeb Bush
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
IA Tom Vilsack
ID Dirk Kempthorne
IL Rod Blagojevich
IN Mitch Daniels
KS Kathleen Sebelius
KY Ernie Fletcher
LA Kathleen Blanco
MA Mitt Romney
MD Bob Ehrlich
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
MN Tim Pawlenty
MO Matt Blunt
MS Haley Barbour
MT Brian Schweitzer
NC Mike Easley
ND John Hoeven
NE Dave Heineman
NH John Lynch
NJ Jon Corzine
NM Bill Richardson
NV Kenny Guinn
NY George Pataki
OH Bob Taft
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Don Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
TX Rick Perry
UT Jon Huntsman
VA Tim Kaine
VT Jim Douglas
WA Christine Gregoire
WI Jim Doyle
WV Joe Manchin III
WY Dave Freudenthal
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