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Nevada: Calls Needed
to Support Parental Rights Bill!

Homeschooling in Nevada

Senate Bill 314 must pass out of the Assembly by Friday.



HSLDA President Mike Smith has been an advocate for homeschooling for more than 30 years.
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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 must pass out of the Assembly by Friday, May 24. The bill, as amended, received a do pass vote in the Assembly on May 17. We are now waiting for the amendment language to come out of the Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB) and then the bill will move to the “Secretary’s Desk” on the Assembly floor awaiting a 2nd and 3rd reading and a vote.

Action Requested

1. Call or email your assemblyman/woman and ask him or her to vote “yes” on SB 314. There are legislators who are still undecided on this bill—let them know that SB 314 is an important bill to Nevada families and their friends.

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.”

To find your representative’s contact information click here.

2. Vote for SB 314, if you haven’t already done so, at the Nevada Legislative Opinion page.

3. Please forward this message to your family and friends in Nevada and encourage them to support parental rights by contacting their representatives.

Background

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. The government must show there is no other way to achieve its “compelling” aim except by infringing upon parental rights.

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.

For more information, download the Parental Rights Pamphlet, and HSLDA Attorney Scott Woodruff’s testimony from the Senate hearing, both available on the Legislative NELIS website.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,

Mike Smith
HSLDA President

Other Resources

Bill Text

Schnorbus, Frank, “The Right of Parents to Raise Their Children”

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