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4/23/2003 2:15:23 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Florida--Parental Rights Victory Over Grandparents Visitation Legislation

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April 22, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Your calls have made a difference! The offending anti-parental rights
language in the grandparent's bill has been removed largely due to
your efforts.

This earlier this year, we sent out an alert concerning Senate Bill
128, which would allow grandparents and great-grandparents to sue
parents for visitation rights.

Over the years, Home School Legal Defense Association has represented
many families in conflict with grandparents who did not like
homeschooling. These grandparents would try to stop the
homeschooling through various means including turning the family over
to the child welfare services. Thankfully, most grandparents we come
in contact with at HSLDA support homeschooling and in some situations
participate in the teaching.

Our concern was with the language in S.B. 128 that stated that
grandparents could sue "natural parents who are still married to each
other" if "either or both parents have used their parental authority
to prohibit a relationship between the minor and the grandparents or
great-grandparents."

As a result of the opposition from homeschoolers, the Senate
Judiciary has approved a committee substitution for S.B. 128 which
removes the language that would allow grandparents to sue for
visitation when married parents choose to prohibit an unhealthy
relationship.

This bill died last year due to homeschooler opposition to that same
offending language. It seems that the legislature has listened to
your calls!

HSLDA will continue to monitor this legislation and will inform you
of updates at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=813

Thank you for taking the time to protect parental rights.

Sincerely,

Christopher Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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