Senator Harris Dodd Responds to Bill Criminalizing Parents

MADISON- Senator Nikiya Harris Dodd (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement as the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee held a hearing on SB 324, which criminalizes low-income families.

“Our state has a responsibility to ensure that we are making reasonable decisions to keep families safe. However, Senate Bill 324 allows for parents to be arrested and charged with child neglect for failing to provide economic supports to children, thus criminalizing poor families rather than providing them with necessary community programs and services.  Without consulting child welfare agencies, child advocates, and their legislative colleagues who work on children’s issues, the bill authors blindly introduced a poorly drafted bill that will have resounding unintended consequences into many low-income communities across the state.”