From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


4/19/2013 2:21:31 PM
Darren A. Jones--HSLDA
Texas: Calls Needed on Parental Rights Bills in Senate Committee!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Texas: Calls Needed on Parental Rights Bills in Senate Committee!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Last week the calls of homeschoolers across Texas were instrumental in
opposing House Bill 393 and supporting HB 2547. HB 393 would have
modified state law to permit grandparents to more easily sue for
visitation against the parents' wishes, while HB 2547 modifies the
grandparent visitation statute to add more protections for parents,
including the requirement that grandparents must prove the need for
visitation by clear and convincing evidence.

Now the Senate versions of these bills, Senate Bill 1148, which had
been pulled from a committee hearing last month, and SB 1194 are
scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Jurisprudence Committee on
Tuesday, April 23 at 1:30 p.m.

Home School Legal Defense Association opposes SB 1148 because we know
that such laws can cause intact families, including perfectly fit
parents, to face potential court challenges to their parenting
decisions whenever they limit or restrict their child's visitation
from grandparents. HSLDA instead supports SB 1194, which will be
addressed in the same hearing. SB 1194 modifies the grandparent
visitation statute to add more protections for parents, including the
requirement that grandparents must prove the need for visitation by
clear and convincing evidence. Please click here for more information on these

Action Requested

Please call the Senate Jurisprudence Committee members listed below
and urge them to oppose SB 1148 and vote for SB 1194. If one of these
members is your senator, be sure to mention that when you call. You do
not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler; instead you can
identify yourself as a concerned parent and taxpayer.

Give them one or more of the following talking points in your own

1. Please oppose SB 1148. Based on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in
Troxel v. Granville, intact families have a fundamental right to deny
visitation with grandparents, and any law to the contrary would likely
be struck down by the Texas Supreme Court.

2. Please support SB 1194 which adds more protection to a parents'
right to raise their children in the way they see fit, while still
protecting a grandparent's ability to sue for visitation if the
circumstances require it to protect the child.

3. SB 1148 would create a financial burden on intact families having
to defend their private family decisions regarding who has contact
with their children. Some families simply could not afford to defend
themselves; some bad decisions can be handed down, and children will
be harmed as a result.

4. SB 1148 would significantly increase the caseload burden on an
already overburdened court system, increasing costs and delays. Many
more cases could also be appealed to the Supreme Court.

Senate Jurisprudence Committee members to contact:

Senator Sylvia Garcia
Phone: (512) 463-0106

Senator Jose Rodriguez
Phone: (512) 463-0129

Senator Royce West, author of SB 1148
Phone: (512) 463-0123

Senator John Carona
Phone: (512) 463-0116

Senator Kelly Hancock

Consider attending the hearing that is scheduled to take place in Room
2E.20 (also called the Betty King Committee Room), behind the Senate
Chamber in the Texas State Capitol
April 23, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. At the hearing, you can register your
support for SB 1194 and against SB 1148.

Standing with you for freedom,

Darren A. Jones
HSLDA Staff Attorney

Other Resources:

Texas: More Calls Needed to Oppose Attack on Parental Rights

HSLDA's bill page for SB 1148

HSLDA's bill page for SB 1194

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