Constitutional Amendment 29: Relating to Parental Rights

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Last Updated: March 22, 2010
Constitutional Amendment 29: Relating to Parental Rights
Sponsors:
Representatives Itse, Kolodzie, Griffin, Bates, and Dumaine, and Senators Letourneau and Barnes Jr.
Summary:

If passed, CACR 29 would amend the New Hampshire Constitution adding the following language: "Parents have the natural right to control the health, education, and welfare of their children; therefore the state shall not abridge the role or responsibility of parents in controlling the health, education, or welfare of their children."

HSLDA's Position:

Neutral. HSLDA supports parent's rights and does not oppose a state legislature affirming these fundamental rights in their laws or constitution. HSLDA agrees with and supports the argument made by parentalrights.org that a federal constitutional amendment is needed in order to protect American families from the full force of foreign and domestic threats to parental rights. For more information go to www.parentalrights.org

Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

1/6/2010 (House) Introduced and referred to Children and Family Law Committee
1/7/2010 (House) Public Hearing 1:15 p.m. Legislative Office Building (LOB) 201-203
1/26/21010 (House) Subcommittee Work Session: 2/2/2010 9:30 a.m. LOB 206
2/11/2010 (House) Subcommittee Work Session: 2/16/2010 11:30 a.m. LOB 206
2/11/2010 (House) Executive Session: 2/16/2010 1:15 p.m. LOB 206
2/18/2010 (House) Committee Report: Inexpedient to legislate - Scheduled for March 3 consent calendar (16-0)
3/3/2010 (House) Removed from consent calendar (Rep. Itse)
3/3/2010 (House) Special ordered to next session without objection
3/10/2010 (House) Inexpedient to legislate: Roll Call 249-96

Background:

Parents play an irreplaceable role in the lives of their children. The vital child-parent relationship has been shown to positively impact a child’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. For generations, the right of parents to raise their children has been continually upheld by Supreme Court jurisprudence and is deeply valued by millions of American families. However, parental rights are being eroded and parents, in many ways, are becoming “second class citizens” as lower courts elevate the power of the state to supersede the wisdom of parents.

In recent years it has become frighteningly common for homeschoolers to be wrongfully accused of abuse and neglect on hotlines to state child welfare departments. Individuals who do not like homeschoolers can simply make an anonymous phone call and fabricate abuse stories about their neighbors. Social workers who then have a duty to investigate attempt to follow a one-size-fits-all approach regardless of whether allegations are true or not. Statistics show that up to 60 percent of children removed from their homes by social workers were taken away from their parents without probable cause of abuse. For more information about parental rights visit: www.parentalrights.org

HSLDA desires to assist its member families when they are contacted by social service agencies and maintains a hotline that members may call at any time if they are having an interaction with police, social workers, or other state officials regarding homeschooling or their fundamental constitutional rights.

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