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3/29/2011 11:05:57 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Florida - Calls Needed to Support Parental Rights Amendment

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Florida - Calls Needed to Support Parental Rights Amendment

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

House Memorial 557 and Senate Memorial 954 are parental rights
amendments that we are supporting. Senate Memorial 954 is currently
on the agenda for a hearing in the Governmental Oversight and
Accountability Committee on March 30, 2011.

This memorial urges the United States Congress to pass an amendment to
the U.S. Constitution relating to the protection of parental rights
and to submit it to the States for ratification. A memorial is a
special form of concurrent resolution addressed to an executive agency
or another legislative body, usually Congress, that expresses the
sentiment of the Florida Legislature on a matter outside its
legislative jurisdiction.

If you support the parental rights amendment, we ask that you contact
the Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee and your own
senator to urge them to support Senate Memorial 954.

ACTION REQUESTED

1) Please call or email each member of the Governmental Oversight and
Accountability Committee members listed below and give them the
following message in your own words:

"Please vote 'Yes' on Senate Memorial 954, urging Congress to pass the
Parental Rights Amendment. I ask that you support SM 954 because the
Parental Rights Amendment will add explicit text to the Constitution
of the United States regarding the fundamental right of parents to
direct the upbringing and education of their children. These rights
have been recognized by a number of Supreme Court decisions for over
85 years. Recent federal court cases have created confusion and
ambiguity about the fundamental nature of parental rights in America."

GOVERNMENTAL OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE

Chair Senator Jeremy Ring
Phone: (850) 487-5094
Email: ring.jeremy.web@flsenate.gov

Vice Chair Senator Gary Siplin
Phone: (850) 487-5190
Email: siplin.gary.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto
Phone: (850) 487-5356
Email: benacquisto.lizbeth.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff
Phone: (850) 487-5100
Email: bogdanoff.ellyn.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Charles S. "Charlie" Dean, Sr.
Phone: (850) 487-5017
Email: dean.charles.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Mike Fasano
Phone: (850) 487-5062
Email: fasano.mike.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Anitere Flores
Phone: (850) 487-5130
Email: flores.anitere.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Rene Garcia
Phone: (850) 487-5106
Email: garcia.rene.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Jack Latvala
Phone: (850) 487-5075
Email: latvala.jack.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Gwen Margolis
Phone: (850) 487-5121
Email: margolis.gwen.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Bill Montford
Phone: (850) 487-5004
Email: montford.bill.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Jim Norman
Phone: (850) 487-5068
Email: norman.jim.web@flsenate.gov

Senator Stephen R. Wise
Phone: (850) 487-5027
Email: wise.stephen.web@flsenate.gov


2) Please contact your state senator representative and give them the
following message in your own words:

"Please vote 'Yes' on Senate Memorial 954, urging Congress to pass the
Parental Rights Amendment. I ask that you support SM 954 because the
Parental Rights Amendment will add explicit text to the Constitution
of the United States regarding the fundamental right of parents to
direct the upbringing and education of their children. These rights
have been recognized by a number of Supreme Court decisions for over
85 years. Recent federal court cases have created confusion and
ambiguity about the fundamental nature of parental rights in America."
To find the contact information for your state senator or state
representative visit HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at:
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox .
BACKGROUND

Senate Memorial 954 was introduced and filed on February 2, 2011 by
Senator Anitere Flores. SM 954 passed the Judiciary Committee on
March 14, 2011 with a vote of 7-0. On March 22, 2011, SM 954 passed
the Children, Families, and Elder Affairs Committee by a vote of 4-1.
Currently, SM 954 is scheduled for hearing in the Governmental
Oversight and Accountability Committee on March 30, 2011.

House Memorial 557, the companion memorial to Senate Memorial 954,
recently passed the Federal Affairs Subcommittee by a vote of 9-2 on
March 28, 2011 and was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

Please act now in support of Senate Memorial 954. Thank you for your
advocacy on behalf of parental rights.

If you are not already a member of HSLDA and would like to help
support our mission to protect, defend and advocate on behalf of
parental rights, please join now:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10610.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Very truly yours,

Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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