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4/15/2013 3:59:07 PM
Mike Smith--HSLDA
Nevada: Ask Your Senator to Vote for Parental Rights

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Nevada: Ask Your Senator to Vote for Parental Rights

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: SB 314 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 12 and
is on its way for a full vote in the Senate any day now.


1. Please call or email your state senator and ask him or her to vote
for the bill. 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 Child."

To find your state senator, please use the toolbox available on the
Nevada State Legislature website

2. If you have not already done so, please go to the Nevada
Legislative Opinion Page and indicate a vote for SB 314. You may include the message
from point No. 1 in the comments section.

3. Please contact by email each member of the Judiciary Committee and
express your thanks for their support.

Senate Judiciary Committee members:

Senator Tick Segerblom - Chair,
(Work) 775-684-1422; (Leg. Bldg.) 775-684-8549

Senator Ruben J. Kihuen - Vice Chair,
(Cell) 702-274-1707; (Leg. Bldg.) 775-684-1427

Senator Aaron D. Ford,
(Cell) 702-772-5544; (Leg. Bldg.) 775-684-6502

Senator Justin C. Jones,
(Cell) 702-265-5878; (Leg. Bldg.) 775-684-1421

Senator Greg Brower,
(Work) 775-684-1419; (Leg. Bldg.) 775-684-1419

Senator Scott Hammond,
(Home) 702-523-9055; (Leg. Bldg.) 775-684-1442

Senator Mark Hutchison,
(Work) 702-233-2049; (Leg. Bldg.) 775-684-1475

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,
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