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February 24, 2005

House Bill 1116: Grandparent Visitation Rights

Author:
Representative Cherry

Summary:
This bill allows a judge to overrule the wishes of parents and allow grandparents visitation rights. In some unusual situations, for example, if one parent is dead, or where there has been a divorce, courts sometimes allow a grandparent to stand in the shoes of the deceased or divorced parent and have the right to visit the child. But this bill violates the right of parents in healthy, intact, two-parent homes to decide whether their children can spend time with their grandparents. A similar law was ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court in Troxel v. Granville.

Status:

01/06/2005H Authored by Representative Cherry
01/06/2005H First reading: referred to Committee on Judiciary
02/24/2005H Died in Committee

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.

Action Requested:
No action requested at this time.

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