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4/24/2007 2:53:59 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas: Calls Needed to Restore Parental Rights

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April 24, 2007

Texas: Calls Needed to Restore Parental Rights

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Under current Texas law, grandparents may sue for court-ordered
visitation, even if the parents object to the visitation. This means
that even if parents believe it would be best for their children to
not see their grandparents, the grandparents could petition the court
and force the parents to give the grandparents visitation. This law
has been held unconstitutional by the Texas Supreme Court, and a bill
has been introduced which will bring the law back in line with the
constitution, as well as restore the rights of parents to direct the
upbringing of their children.

H.B. 3971 has been introduced by Representative Bryan Hughes and has a
hearing before the House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee.
This bill will do several things:

> Provide the court with discretion to determine a child's best
interest by amending the command language of "shall" to the permissive
language of "may";
> Require an actual finding of parental unfitness before the state may
intrude into the parent-child relationship;
> Mandates that "special weight" be given to a parent's decision
regarding a grandparent's access to a child; and
> Gives long-term financial protection to families who are
unconstitutionally sued by a grandparent.

Home School Legal Defense Association Legislative Counsel for Texas
Tom Sanders will testify for the bill at the hearing. We need your
calls so that the members of the House Juvenile Justice and Family
Issues Committee restore the rights of parents in Texas.

REQUESTED ACTION

Please call members of the House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues
Committee by Wednesday morning and give them this message:

"Please vote in favor of H.B. 3971. This bill restores to parents the
right to direct the upbringing of their children."

You can also use some of the above points in your message.

MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE JUVENILE JUSTICE AND FAMILY ISSUES COMMITTEE:

Chair Harold V. Dutton, Jr. -- (512) 463-0510
Vice Chair Craig Eiland -- (512) 463-0502
Rep. Valinda Bolton -- (512) 463-0652
Joe Farias -- (512) 463-0714
Jessica Farrar -- (512) 463-0620
Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles -- (512) 463-0645
Ana Hernandez -- (512) 463-0614
Mark Strama -- (512) 463-0821
Allen Vaught -- (512) 463-0244

BACKGROUND

For the history and text of this bill, please click here
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4029

Thank you for standing for the rights of parents.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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