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July 17, 2001
Grandparents' rights bill defeated

Two versions of the same "grandparents' rights bill," Florida House Bill 233 and Senate Bill 106, died this session. Although the name sounds harmless, language in the bill would have dealt a blow to parental rights.

S.B. 106 and H.B. 233 would have given grandparents and great-grandparents the right to sue parents for visitation rights. If the bill had become law, they could sue "natural parents who are still married to each other" if "either or both parents have used their parental authority to prohibit a relationship between the minor and the grandparents or great-grandparents."

In April, HSLDA sent out an e-lert, asking our members to oppose these bills. Thank you for your many calls to your senators and representatives. Your calls effectively delayed these bills until the session ended.