COLOMBIA, South Carolina – Driven by Britney Spears’ struggle for guardianship, a bipartisan legislative effort has emerged to reform the process created to protect the rights of over a million people across the United States under protection agreements .
On Tuesday, Representatives Charlie Crist and Nancy Mace unveiled “The Free Britney Act”, designed to give more options to those in custody. These include the ability to talk about their situation with social workers – despite any objection from their conservatives – and to ask a court to replace their conservatives without having to “prove wrongdoing or wrongdoing”.
“It’s just a common sense approach to do what’s right, to make sure the rights are balanced,” Crist, a Democrat from Florida, said in a virtual press conference Tuesday.
Mace, a Republican from South Carolina, and Crist said it was Spears’ passionate plea last month for a judge to end the guardianship that controls his life and money that spurred their proposal.
“What she got was the opportunity to shed some light, to shed light on this abuse,” Mace said. “Her situation is a nightmare, and if it can happen to Britney Spears, it can happen to anyone in this country.”
Speaking in open court, Spears condemned her father and others who control the guardianship, set up as Spears suffered a mental health crisis in 2008. Spears said the arrangement forced her to use the birth control and taking other medicines against her will, and preventing her from getting married or having another child.
Spears’ father and her lawyers have stressed that she and her fortune, with court records of more than $ 50 million, remain vulnerable to fraud and manipulation. Under current law, the onus is on Spears to prove that she is competent before the case can end.
Mace and Crist said they expected more bipartisan support for the measure, which would also provide at least $ 260 million in grants to states to hire social workers or conservatives.
The #FreeBritney movement has already crossed party lines.
“Everyone deserves control of their own body. Period, ”US Representative Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, fourth House Democrat, tweeted last month following Spears’ testimony.
Some House Republicans have invited Spears to testify before Congress. The political arm of the House Republican caucus sent out texts describing Ms Spears as “a victim of excessive government censorship and censorship.”
Earlier this month, Republican U.S. Representative from Florida Matt Gaetz, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, made a brief appearance in front of Spears supporters outside the downtown courthouse. of Los Angels, at one point shouting “Free Britney!” “
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