Philadelphian wins Sen. Williams ‘Oughta Be a Law’ contest

    It’s not often a lawmaker gives voters the chance to propose a new law.

    Senator Anthony Williams challenged voters this year to propose new laws in a contest he called “There Oughta Be a  Law!” As a result, the Senator’s office says it received more than 80 ideas for individuals across the state.

    NewsWorks Chris Satullo wrote about the contest, compiling several ideas from NewsWorks Tonight listeners in a “Centre Square” blog published over the summer.

    One idea, submitted by Nicole Crawford of Philadelphia, however, took the prize of Senator Williams’ competition.

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    According to Williams’ office, Crawford’s bill is intended to “protect against false claims of non-payment on child support by allowing non-custodial parents the right to have their child support payments documented with the state.”

    The senator’s office says the proposed bill would allow non-custodial parents the right to initiate a child support case in Domestic Relations Court.

    “This idea is a common-sense solution that would bring accountability to the system and fairness to the custodial process,” Williams said in a statement posted on his website.

    I’m thrilled that Nicole brought this idea to my attention and I’m honored to introduce it as a bill in the state legislature on her behalf.”

    Senator Willimams’ office has posted a link for voters to follow the progress of Crawford’s proposal and others. Once you are on the website, click “Legislation.”

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