Originally Sent: 6/11/2013

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Nevada Legislature Now Adjourned

Homeschooling in Nevada

Thanks for defending homeschool freedom.

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

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The 77th Regular Session of the Nevada Legislature adjourned on June 3, 2013. During this session, HSLDA, working in partnership with the Nevada Homeschool Network (NHN), was on the alert for bills that could affect homeschooling, your parental rights, and your educational freedoms. The legislature will not convene again until February 2015.

It is our privilege to work alongside the board of NHN. The NHN officers advocated tirelessly on your behalf during this legislative session, sacrificing hours of their time to protect and advance your homeschool freedom. We are pleased to report that the legislature’s work this session is good for Nevada homeschoolers.

Victories from this legislative session include the passage of SB 314, the Parental Rights Statute. This statute explicitly confirms that the right of parents to make choices regarding the upbringing, education and care of their children is a fundamental right. SB 314 was signed into law by Governor Sandoval on June 5, 2013.

Two bad bills died that would have changed the landscape of homeschooling and parental rights in Nevada.

  • SB 182 would have lowered the compulsory attendance age from 7 to 5 years old, decreasing the right of parents to choose when their child is ready for formal education and eroding choice in education. Parents who desire to enroll their children at age 5 in Nevada can choose to do so already. SB 182 died when the legislative session concluded.
  • AB 203 would have challenged parental rights by modifying state law to permit grandparents or great-grandparents to sue for visitation of a child against the parents’ wishes. This bill would have caused intact families, including perfectly fit parents, to risk court challenges if they limited or restricted their children from visiting grandparents or great-grandparents. Under current law these relatives can only have visitation when the parents’ consent, or when the marriage is no longer intact. AB 203 died in the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

It has been a privilege to serve as your attorney protecting homeschooling freedoms in Nevada during the 2013 legislative session!

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Mike Smith
HSLDA President

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