Assembly Bill 203: Dangerous Grandparent Visitation

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Last Updated: April 16, 2013
Assembly Bill 203: Dangerous Grandparent Visitation
Sponsors:
Assembly Members Livermore, Ellison, Hickey, Hambrick, Aizley, Diaz, Duncan, Fiore, Grady, Hansen, Hardy, Kirner, Martin, Munford, Neal, Oscarson, Spiegel, Stewart, Swank, Wheeler, Woodbury
Summary:

Nevada Assembly Bill 203 (AB 203), the grandparent visitation bill, did not get out of the Judiciary Committee, and the bill is dead for this year!

Your phone calls, emails, and personal visits with the members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee made the difference. Thank you so much for your participation! This is called grassroots participation, and without it, homeschoolers have little clout with the legislative body. We are blessed to have outstanding lobbyist as part of NHN which continue to represent your interest in an outstanding fashion. Finally, we thank God for His intervention on behalf of parents to make good choices for their children.

Strong testimony in opposition to AB 203 was presented by, among others, Barbara Dragon and Elissa Wahl of NHN. Some of the committee members responded favorably to our position.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.
Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

04/12/2013: Bill died; failed to meet deadline to pass out of committee
03/18/2013: Awaiting vote by Assembly Judiciary Committee
03/15/2013: Hearing in Assembly Judiciary room, Friday, March 15 at 8:00 a.m.
03/05/2013: Referred to Committe on Judiciary
03/04/2013: Introduced

Background:

HSLDA partnered with Nevada Homeschool Network and ParentalRights.Org to defeat AB 203, which would have modified state law to permit grandparents or great-grandparents to sue for visitation of a child against the parents’ wishes. This bill would have caused intact families, including perfectly fit parents, to face potential court challenges to their parenting decisions whenever they limit or restrict their child’s visitation from grandparents or great-grandparents. Under current law these relatives can only have visitation when the parents’ consent, or when the marriage is no longer intact.

Grandparents are normally well intended when they seek visitation; however, we have defended member families where the grandparents are seeking visitation after they have been denied because of their interference with parents’ choice to homeschool. We believe that where homeschooling families are intact, they should not have to defend their decisions regarding who will have access to their children.

The bill as proposed would have forced parents to defend their parental rights if they simply deny visitation to a grandparent.

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