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June 11, 2003

House Bill 374: A Bill Permitting Corporal Punishment

Sponsor:
Representative Harold V. Dutton, Jr.

Summary:
This bill amends the child welfare code by stating that a parent may use corporal punishment as a form of reasonable discipline.

Status:
1/14/2003 INTRODUCED.
4/01/2003 PASSED House, sent to Senate
4/07/2003 REFERRED to Jurisprudence Committee
Died in Committee. Session is now closed.

Action Requested:
No action is requested at this time.

HSLDA's Position:
House Bill 374, introduced by Representative Harold Dutton, Jr., amends the child welfare code by stating that a parent may use corporal punishment as a form of reasonable discipline. HSLDA supports this bill and has been working with the sponsor. We believe this is a positive advancement of parent's rights, affirming the right of parents to perform biblical discipline.

 Other Resources

6/10/2003 - Texas--Legislature Now Closed for 2003

5/15/2003 - Texas H.B. 374 Moving through Senate - Calls Still Needed

4/14/2003 - Texas--Help Preserve Parents' Rights to Discipline Their Children

3/11/2003 - Texas--Legislative Update: Partial Victory in Homeschool Registration Battle

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