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Calls Needed to Support Parental Rights Bill!

Homeschooling in Nevada

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HSLDA President Mike Smith has been an advocate for homeschooling for more than 30 years.

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: Scheduled for a hearing in the Assembly Judiciary Committee Friday, May 10 at 8:00 a.m.

Action Requested

1. Call or email the members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee members. 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.”

Assembly Judiciary Committee Members:

Jason Frierson - Chair, 775-684-8537

James Ohrenschall - Vice Chair, 775-684-6819

Richard Carrillo - 775-684-8801

Lesley E. Cohen - 775-684-8855

Olivia Diaz - 775-684-8553

Marilyn Dondero Loop - 775/684-8833

Andrew Martin - 775-684-8549

Ellen Spiegel - 775-684-8577

Tyrone Thompson - 775-684- 8569

Wesley Duncan - 775-684-8505

Ira Hansen - 775-684-8851

Michele Fiore - 775-684-8829

Jim Wheeler - 775/684-8843

Please note the phone numbers for the Assembly Judiciary Committee members above are the correct Carson City office numbers. The 684 numbers will be answered by staff.

2. Call or email SB 314’s sponsor, Senator Mo Denis, to thank him for sponsoring the bill: 775-684-1428, Moises.Denis@sen.state.nv.us

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

4. Please forward this message to your family and friends in Nevada and encourage them to support parental rights by contacting the committee members listed in point No. 1.


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 standard.

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!


Mike Smith
HSLDA President

Other Resources:

Bill Text

Schnorbus, Frank, The Right of Parents to Raise Their Children, January 2013

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