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Title NOW News Bay Area Chapter, Vol. 9, No. 3, March 1981
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Date January 1981
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Transcript LEGISLATIVE UPDATE D\\or.\W] SB 65 is a proposed amendment related to the amount and the use of fees for the issuance of marriage licenses and declarations of informal marriage. The bill would increase the fee charged for a marriage license or registration of an informal marriage from $7.50 to $12.00. SB 65 would establish a family violence fund in the state treasury by ear-marking $4.00 of the fee for deposit to a special account that the Legislature could use only to provide "services and shelter to victims of family violence and their families, and training and technical assistance to persons providing the services,,n AAUW asks the active support of all of the members of the Legislature for the passage of SB 65. This bill addresses the issue of funding shelters and services for the victims of domestic violence in a workable commonsense mannerc The funding provision of this bill would remove the major road block that has prevented the establishment of such shelters and services in the paste Further, SB 65 defines "a victim of family violence" as Man individual who is subjected to physical force or the threat of physical force by another who is related to the individual, who is a former spouse of the individual, or who resides in the same household with the individual." AAUW applauds this definition and asks that the members of the Legislature retain this language. This definition will allow a much broader spectrum of the public to be served than more restrictive definitions such as battered wives or battered spouses. There is a pressing need to attend to the victims of family violence0 This problem plagues families of all educational, racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds: —The FBI estimates than one incident of wife beating occurs somewhere in the U.S.A. every 18 seconds. —Estimates of the rate of physical violence in all marriages range from 28 per cent to 55 per cent annually. Across this state, volunteer community groups have been attempting to cope with this massive problem on shoestring budgets. This legislation is needed to raise the funds that could be used to address the real needs of these victims. The American Association of University Women calls for your active support of SB 65. We of the Texas State Division of AAUW are totally and irreconcilably opposed to SCR 39 and SCR 40. SCR 39 would ask Congress to void the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment by the Texas Legislature, March 30, 1972; SCR 40 would offer a new amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America that the author claims would provide legal equality to both sexes without impairing special protections of women. Arguments have been raised about the lack of specificity in the language of the Equal Rights Amendment. We challenge that charge. The Equal Rights Amendment as ratified by the Texas Legislature is succinct and incisive: "Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article. Section 3« This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification." The argument that any class of people are legally equal to all other classes of people except in some cases in which that class is held to be a special group is specious. We ask that the members of this Legislature respect the vote of March 30, 1972, and we further ask that any effort to deny the citizens of this state and this nation eauality before the law be vigorously opposed by each and every member of the Texas Legislature. The above letters, directed to the Texas Legislature by the Texas State Division, American Association of University Women are offered as models for adaptation by*any individual or organization in support of these two all-important issues.