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2/21/2008 1:39:00 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Utah--More Calls Needed TODAY to the Senate to Defend Parental Rights

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February 20, 2008

Utah--More Calls Needed TODAY to the Senate to Defend Parental Rights

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

If you have not already done so, we need you to contact the Utah
Senate today to oppose S.B. 186. The bill is scheduled to be
uncircled for a substitute or vote tomorrow.

As you know, Utah is a leader among states in upholding parental
rights and the traditional notion of the family. However, Senate Bill
186 would turn over to the courts the ability to sanction any
relationship a person has with a child and potentially allow
non-parents to have "parenting time."

Currently, only biological/adoptive parents may obtain "parenting
time" in the Utah Code, whereas non-parent relatives by blood or
marriage may obtain "visitation." This bill reverses these laws and
opens the door to any person being able to obtain not just visitation,
but also "parenting time."

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call or email members of the Utah Senate and in your own
words, give the following message:

"Senate Bill 186 creates unnecessary changes to Utah law regarding
custody, parenting time or visitation. The current system is not
broken and does not need to be fixed. Please oppose Senate Bill 186."

It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler, as this
issue affects every family in Utah.

To find your senator, you can use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox . You can also call the Utah Senate and
leave a message at (801) 538-1035.

Thank you for standing for the family and parental rights!


Sincerely,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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