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3/25/2011 1:26:26 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas: Calls Needed to Support Bill Protecting Parental Rights

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Texas: Calls Needed to Support Bill Protecting Parental Rights

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

House Bill 2557, which substantially modifies the Texas statute
relating to grandparent visitation lawsuits, has been scheduled for a
hearing before the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee
on Monday, March 28, at 2:00 p.m. in Room E2. 120. Calls are needed to
request that the Committee vote to approve the bill.

This bill's provisions protect parents' rights by placing the burden
of proof on the grandparents, requiring them to show by clear and
convincing evidence that the child will be harmed if the grandparents
are not granted visitation.

ACTION REQUESTED

Call or email the members of the House Committee on Judiciary and
Civil Jurisprudence, and express your support for HB 2557. This is a
bill that can affect all parents, so it is not necessary to mention
that you are a homeschooler. The committee members' contact
information is below.

Rep. Jim Jackson - Chair - (512) 463-0468
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10706

Rep. Tryon D. Lewis - Vice Chair - (512) 463-0546
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10707

Rep. Dwayne Bohac - (512) 463-0727
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10708

Rep. Joaquin Castro - (512) 463-0669
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10709

Rep. Sarah Davis - (512) 463-0389
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10710

Rep. Will Hartnett - (512) 463-0576
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10711

Rep. Jerry Madden - (512) 463-0544
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10712

Rep. Richard Pena Raymond - (512) 463-0558
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10713

Rep. Connie Scott - (512) 463-0462
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10714


Rep. Senfronia Thompson - (512) 463-0720
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10715

Rep. Beverly Woolley - (512) 463-0696
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10716


BACKGROUND

HSLDA believes that it is the right of parents to make decisions
regarding child-rearing. In some circumstances, we have defended
families when a hostile grandparent has sued to gain custody or
visitation over the parents' objections. We believe that this bill
creates a workable standard: if the court finds by clear and
convincing evidence that a child would be harmed unless visitation is
allowed, the judge may order visitation. Otherwise, the parents are
presumed to be acting in the best interests of the child.

For more information on this and other Texas legislation affecting
homeschoolers, visit http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10717 .

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,


Jim Mason
Senior Counsel

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