Anna Maria College’s Molly Bish Center for the Protection of Children and the Elderly held its First Annual Legislative Breakfast on April 7, 2022. The event was well attended and featured remarks from several state officials. A major topic of discussion was Senate Bill 1595, An Act permitting familial searching and partial DNA matches in investigating unsolved crimes. The Molly Bish Center is advocating strongly for passage of this bill to continue the fight for the safety and protection of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable populations.

The event program featured:

Welcome from President Mary Lou Retelle

Discussion of legislative priorities by Heather Bish

Remarks by Social Work faculty members and Co-Directors of the Molly Bish Center Lenore Rust and Kelly Sullivan

Remarks and discussion with state officials:

State Rep. James O’Day

State Rep. Don Berthiaume

State Sen. Ryan Fattman

Luke McDiarmid, Aide to State Senator Anne Gobi 

Elizabeth Kazinskas, Aide to State Rep. Kim Ferguson