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4/4/2013 3:14:48 PM
Mike Smith--HSLDA
Nevada: Calls to Judiciary Committee to Support Parental Rights Bill

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Nevada: Calls to Judiciary Committee to Support Parental Rights Bill

Senate Bill 314 Summary: Provides that the right of parents to make
choices regarding the upbringing, education and care of their children
is a fundamental right.

Sponsor: Senator Denis

Status: 04/03/2013 Hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee April 9,
2013, at 8:00 a.m.

We are pleased to report that SB 314
has been given a hearing date in the Senate Judiciary Committee next
Tuesday, April 9 at 8:00 a.m. HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff and
members of NEVADA will be present at the hearing
to testify in favor of the bill. Mr. Woodruff ushered similar
language through the Virginia Legislature this past February and will
provide expert testimony on SB 314.

Thank you for voting for this bill online! We received an
overwhelmingly positive response from concerned citizens in Nevada on
the Legislative Opinion page. In less than 24 hours the bill moved to
the "TOP 50" list of bills and at last check was at No. 23! WE KNOW
participating in the process, but now there is more to do.


1. Please call, email or fax members of the Senate Judiciary Committee
and ask them to VOTE YES on SB 314. In your own words explain that
"SB 314 is a non-partisan bill, intended for the courts, and defines
the right of parents to raise their children as a fundamental right.
If passed, the law will protect the parent-child bond from intrusion
by the state unless there is a compelling reason for the government to
do so." For a thorough explanation on the bill please refer to the
question & answer pamphlet, "The Right of Parents to Raise Their

Senate Judiciary Committee Contact Information

Senator Tick Segerblom, chair 775-684-1422

Senator Ruben Kihuen, vice-chair 775-684-1427

Senator Aaron Ford 775-684-6502 Aaron.Ford@sen.state.nv.usb

Senator Justin Jones 775-684-1421

Senator Greg Brower 775-684-1419

Senator Scott Hammond 775-684-1442

Senator Mark Hutchison 775-684-1475

2. Plan to attend the hearing on Tuesday, April 9 at 8:00 a.m. The
hour is early, but we need to "pack the house" on this one in Carson
City and Las Vegas.

Room 2149, Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV.
Room 4412, Grant Sawyer State Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las
Vegas, NV.

There is opposition to the bill. Your family's attendance would show
just how important the bill is to Nevada citizens.


In the event parents have to go to court to seek protection of their
rights against government intrusion, courts first must decide whether
the right is fundamental. If the judge decides the right is not
fundamental, then the judge will allow the government to infringe on
the right as long as it has a "rational" reason. But if the judge
decides the right is fundamental, the government may infringe on the
fundamental right only when there is a "compelling" reason to do so,
showing there is no other way for the government to meet the very high

As of today, there is nothing in Nevada statutes or the state
constitution enunciating that parental rights are in the category of
fundamental rights. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that parental
rights are fundamental. However, some lower courts and local
government officials have resisted compliance with U.S. Supreme Court
rulings on this issue. Although Nevada courts have generally been
good in recognizing parental rights, it is risky to depend on future
court decisions to safeguard a fundamental parental right. This is the
problem SB 314 will solve; it will simply give much better protection
to parental rights than currently exists in Nevada law.

Opponents of a parental rights law often incorrectly assume that it
would give parents a right to abuse their children. This is incorrect.
Parents don't have a right to abuse or neglect their children under
Nevada statute, and that will not change if SB 314 becomes law.
Rather, this law will simply provide an additional layer of protection
afforded through legislative enactment to safeguard parents and
children from intrusion by the government into the decision making
process within the family unit.

In other news, perhaps you've heard of HSLDA's current fight to defend
the German Romeike family from deportation. After the Romeikes faced
fines, losing custody of their children, and the threat of
imprisonment as a homeschooling family in Germany, they moved to the
United States seeking asylum for educational freedom. HSLDA is
currently defending them in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Click
here for more information and
to sign the petition to the White House to stop the deportation of the

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Mike Smith
HSLDA President

Other Resources:

Bill Text

Schnorbus, Frank, The Right of Parents to Raise Their Children, January, 2013

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