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4/19/2005 4:03:24 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas--Calls Needed Now to Stop a Bill that Endangers Parental Rights

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April 19, 2005


Texas--Calls Needed Now to Stop a Bill that Endangers Parental Rights


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Introduced by Senator Nelson, Senate Bill 6 makes changes to the child
welfare code of Texas. Upon reviewing the very lengthy bill, we have
discovered that this bill harms parental rights.

First, S.B. 6 makes it a criminal offense for any person to interfere
in a departmental investigation. If that person takes, retains, or
conceals the child, and the action is interpreted as interfering with
the investigation, they can be found guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
We are concerned that if a parent simply stands on their Fourth
Amendment rights and refuses a social worker entry to their home to
investigate, that action could be prosecuted criminally. This would
violate the constitutional rights of families. Furthermore, there is a
very real possibility that HSLDA attorneys could be charged with a
misdemeanor for counseling families to not allow their children to be
interviewed alone by social workers.

Secondly, this bill would open the door for unannounced visits and
monitoring by social workers of families with adopted children. Under
the law, children who are adopted become that family's child. The same
Fourth Amendment and parental rights apply to those families with
adopted children. This bill would allow for monitoring and visitation
of families with adopted children by social workers.

Although HSLDA Legislative Council approached Nelson's office to
remove or to amend these two onerous provisions, it was to no avail.
The bill was put on a fast track through the Senate. Now there are
only two possible ways to stop this bill from becoming law:

First, call your House member since the bill is scheduled to be voted
on the floor either today or tomorrow. Then, secondly, if it passes
the House, we will need to contact Governor Perry.

In order to protect your parental rights in Texas, please call your
state representative immediately.

We have reviewed and strongly support Representative Dutton's child
welfare reform bill, House Bill 1014. This bill has many common sense
reforms and will better protect innocent parents in any child welfare
investigations.


ACTION REQUESTED

Please call your state representative, as well as Senator Nelson, the
sponsor of S.B. 6 and give them this message: "Please vote against
Senate Bill 6, in its present form, because it fails to protect the
parental and Fourth Amendment rights of families. Instead vote for
Representative Dutton's bill: HB 1014."

You can find information on your representative by using our
Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/toolbox/ or call the House
Clerk's office at (512) 463-0845 and ask for your representative.

Thank you for taking a moment to make these calls.

Sincerely,


Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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