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House Bill 2737: Potential Parents Rights Amendment in the Pennsylvania Constitution
Representatives Metcalfe, Armstrong, Coleman, Creighton, Cruz, Denlinger, Forcier, Geist, Lynch, and Wilt
While this type of legislation is something we support, the language of this bill is too broad. It states that the right "of parents or persons acting in loco parentis to direct the upbringing and education of their children shall not be infringed or abridged by the Commonwealth." The problem is with the phrase "persons acting in loco parentis." This means persons who act in place of a parent or instead of a parent. Historically, the public school officials have acted in loco parentis to children enrolled in public school, thus the basis for such things as spanking and other exercise of authority by school officials over children. Both parents and anyone acting in loco parentis will have the fundamental right to direct the education and upbringing of the child. This "persons acting in loco parentis" language needs to be deleted from this bill.
|06/21/2004||Referred to Committee on State Government|
|12/01/2004||Died when legislature adjourned|
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