House Bill 2174: Protecting Parental Rights!

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Last Updated: January 27, 2014
House Bill 2174: Protecting Parental Rights!
Sponsors:
Representatives Freeman, Shea, Kirby, Klippert, Harris, Scott, Overstreet, Taylor, Buys, Short, and Condotta
Summary:

HB 2174 would strengthen parental rights in Washington State. The bill is modeled after the parental rights amendment that we are working on in Congress.

HB 2174 would declare that parental rights are fundamental rights and deserve the highest level of protection in Washington.

It is accompanied by Senate Bill 6247.

HSLDA's Position:

HSLDA strongly supports this legislation.

Action Requested:

1) Please call and email the House Judiciary Committee members listed below and give them this message in your own words:

“Please support House Bill 2174. I am concerned with the erosion of parental rights in the federal courts, and I don’t want to see that erosion come into our Washington courts. Please vote HB 2174 out of committee to codify the existing judicial standard for parental rights so that our families can be safe from weak federal standards. This bill will instruct and empower our Washington judges to treat traditional, time-tested parental rights with the respect they have earned through the years.”

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler; instead you can identify yourself as a concerned parent and taxpayer. Please let the legislator know if you are in their district.

House Judiciary Committee members and their contact information can be found online.

Status:

01/08/2014     Prefiled for introduction.
01/13/2014     First reading, referred to Judiciary.

Background:

Fundamental parental rights are already recognized in many state courts where they receive “strict scrutiny,” the highest level of legal protection. But this is based on precedent by the U.S. Supreme Court, and that precedent is eroding.

In Troxel v. Granville, 530 U.S. 57 (2000), the Supreme Court was splintered, issuing six separate opinions. A majority of the justices agreed that parental rights are fundamental rights, but only Justice Thomas called for strict scrutiny protection. Since then, federal and state courts have altered the standard on a case-by-case basis because of the ambiguity of this decision.

HB 2174 will protect Washington from this erosion by rooting “strict scrutiny” in statutory law and not just in case law. This will return Washington parental rights to the solid traditional foundation, even as federal precedent continues to weaken.

HB 2174 needs to receive a hearing in the committee within the next couple of weeks to have a realistic chance of being passed by the Washington Legislature this year. Your calls or emails today will play a vital role in making that happen. Thank you for taking the time to bring about this victory for your parental rights!

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