House Bill 393 and Senate Bill 1148: Relating to Possession of or Access to a Child by a Grandparent

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Last Updated: April 19, 2013
House Bill 393 and Senate Bill 1148: Relating to Possession of or Access to a Child by a Grandparent
House Senate
Sponsors:
Representative Senfronia Thompson
Sponsors:
Senator West
Summary:

House Bill 393 proposes to change the family code by making it easier for grandparents to gain possession of or access to their grandchildren against the wishes of the parents. HB 393 states that grandparents would not be required to offer expert testimony in requesting a court to grant them possession of or access to their grandchild. Furthermore, it widens the instances in which a grandparent may gain possession of their grandchild.

Summary:

Senate Bill 1148 proposes to change the family code by making it easier for grandparents to gain possession of or access to their grandchildren against the wishes of the parents. SB 1148 states that grandparents would not be required to offer expert testimony in requesting a court to grant them possession of or access to their grandchild. Furthermore, it widens the instances in which a grandparent may gain possession of their grandchild.

Status:

01/08/2013     House     Introduced.
02/11/2013     House     Referred to the Committee of Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence.
04/11/2013     House     Scheduled for public hearing on April 15, 2013.
04/15/2013     House     Considered in public hearing; Testmony taken; Left pending in committee.
Bill died in the House.

Status:

03/05/2013     Senate     Introduced.
03/12/2013     Senate     Referred to the Senate Jurisprudence Committee.
04/19/2013     Senate     Scheduled for public hearing on April 23, 2013.
Bill died in the Senate.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.

HSLDA believes that it is the right of parents to make decisions regarding child-rearing. In some circumstances, we have defended families when a hostile grandparent has sued to gain custody or visitation over the parents' objections. We believe that this bill gives too much opportunity to grandparents to sue for visitation or custody.

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose.

HSLDA believes that it is the right of parents to make decisions regarding child-rearing. In some circumstances, we have defended families when a hostile grandparent has sued to gain custody or visitation over the parents' objections. We believe that this bill gives too much opportunity to grandparents to sue for visitation or custody.

Action Requested:
None at this time
Action Requested:
None at this time

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House Bill History

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Senate Bill Text

Senate Bill History