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June 12, 2008

House Bill 3134: An Act Regarding Grandparent Visitation

Authors:
Representatives Weeks and Taylor

Summary:
This bill authorizes a Family Court judge to order grandparent visitation of a child against the parents’ wishes if the judge determines that it’s in the child’s best interests. We believe such a law would be unconstitutional and contrary to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Troxel v. Granville in 2000. In that case, the court said that such a law “unconstitutionally interferes with the fundamental right of parents to rear their children.”

Status:

12/13/2006Prefiled and referred to the Judiciary Committee
1/9/2007Introduced, first reading, and referred to the House Judiciary Committee
4/11/2007Committee Report: Favorable with amendment
4/17/2007Amended and second reading
4/18/2007Third reading and transmitted to Senate
4/19/2007Introduced, first reading and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee
4/20/2007Referred to Senate Judiciary Subcommittee
6/5/2008Legislation died when the Senate adjourned sine die

HSLDA’s Position:
HSLDA opposes this legislation.

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