From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


5/15/2003 3:22:11 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas H.B. 374 Moving through Senate - Calls Still Needed

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Dear Texas Members and Friends,

One of the most important parental rights is the right to discipline
your child. In order to further secure this right in the state of
Texas, we need you to call the Senate immediately. Senate staff have
confirmed that parents have until May 23 to make our phone calls.

House Bill 374 would specifically recognize the right of parents to
use corporal discipline. This would prevent the routine practice of
social workers to investigate parents who use reasonable corporal
discipline. Your calls will likely make the difference whether this
bill passes in the Senate and is enacted into law.


There are two action items. You do not need to identify yourself as a

1) Call your senator and give him the following message in your own

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

To get the name and telephone number of your senator, use HSLDA's
Legislative Toolbox at If you do not
have Internet access, you can call the legislature to find out
information about your senator.

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


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 committee members by going to:
Click on the committee member's name and select "Send email."


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
on our website at

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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