House Bill 1198: Grants Visitation to Grandparents Under Certain Conditions

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House Bill 1198: Grants Visitation to Grandparents Under Certain Conditions
Sponsors:
Representatives John Meadows, Penny Houston, Richard Smith, Bill Hembree, Brooks Coleman, and Ann Purcell and Senator Charlie Bethel
Summary:

This is a grandparents’ visitation bill. Among other things, it provides that if one of the parents of a minor child dies, becomes incapacitated, or is incarcerated, the grandparent may be granted visitation if the court determines that it’s in the child’s best interest, despite the objections of the other parent.

HSLDA's Position:

This bill is a threat to parental rights. This bill should be opposed.

Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

02/28/2012     (House)     First reading
02/29/2012     (House)     Second reading
03/05/2012     (House)     Favorably reported from Judiciary Committee
03/07/2012     (House)     Third reading
03/07/2012     (House)     Passed the House 154-0
03/07/2012     (Senate)     Read and referred to Judiciary Committee
03/22/2012     (Senate)     Committee substitute favorably reported from Judiciary Committee
03/22/2012     (Senate)     Second reading
03/26/2012     (Senate)     Third reading
03/26/2012     (Senate)     Passed the Senate 39-1
03/29/2012     (House)     House agreed to Senate substitute 163-0
04/05/2012     (House)     Bill sent to governor
05/01/2012     (House)     Bill signed by the governor
05/01/2012     (House)     Effective date

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