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House Bill 5153 states the General Assembly’s resolve to “take a Whole Child approach” to their work each day, and to “assure that all policies, programs, and activities ensure that our children are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.”
Government exists, first and foremost, to safeguard both the lives and rights of its citizens, from the youngest to the oldest. Concern for the health and safety of children is laudable, so long as this goal does not become a tool to casually intervene in and disrupt the daily affairs of intact families. Parents, who most often possess the closest relational bonds with their children, not only have a fundamental right to direct the upbringing of their children, but are also presumed by the U.S. Constitution to be in the best position to decide what is best for their children, unless the family unit is broken.
01/24/2013 House Introduced and referred to House Health, Education, and Welfare Committee.
02/05/2013 House Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration on February 13, 2013.
02/13/2013 House Committee recommends passage.
02/28/2013 House Placed on House Calendar.
03/06/2013 House Passed the House.
04/04/2013 Senate Committee transferred to Senate education.
05/13/2013 Senate Scheduled for hearing and consideration on May 15, 2013.
05/15/2013 Senate Committee recommends passage in concurrence.
05/21/2013 Senate Placed on the Senate consent calendar for May 23, 2013.
05/23/2013 Senate Senate passed in concurrence; Sent to Governor.
05/24/2013 Senate Signed by Governor.
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