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4/14/2003 3:21:36 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas--Help Preserve Parents' Rights to Discipline Their Children

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April 14, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

We need your calls to help expand parental rights!

House Bill 374, introduced by Representative Harold Dutton, Jr.,
amends the child welfare code by stating that a parent who has the
duty of control and reasonable discipline of a child may use corporal
punishment as a form of reasonable discipline.

HSLDA supports this bill and has been working with the sponsor. We
believe this is a positive advancement, affirming the right of
parents to discipline their children.

The bill has passed through the House and is now in the Senate
Jurisprudence Committee.

REQUESTED ACTION

Please call as many members of the committee as possible and express
your support of the bill.

Give them this message: "Please vote for H.B. 374 which will help
protect parents' rights in the training of their children."

Committee on Jurisprudence:

Chair, Senator Robert Duncan, 512-463 0128
Vice Chair, Senator Mario Gallegos, Jr., 512-463 0106
Senator Kip Averitt, 512-463 0122
Senator Teel Bivins, 512-463 0131
Senator Chris Harris, 512-463 0109
Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., 512-463 0127
Senator Royce West, 512-463 0123

You can also send an email to the committee members by going to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=803 .
Click on the committee member and select "Send Email."

BACKGROUND

The Texas Family Code recognizes that parents have "the duty of care,
control, protection, and reasonable discipline of the child." The
Texas Administrative Code currently states that reasonable discipline
does not fall within the classification of abuse or neglect. H.B.
374 specifically recognizes that corporal discipline administered by
the parents is a form of reasonable discipline.

You can view the text of the bill as well as its legislative history
by going to our website:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=804

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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