We are pleased to notify you that several good bills to protect parental rights and family freedom have been introduced in the Texas legislature.
HB 730, introduced by Representative James B. Frank, will ensure that families are provided with their legal rights at the initial time of contact during a child welfare investigation. You can read a good editorial in support of this bill here. This bill is based on our model legislation here.
HB 63, introduced by Representative Valoree Swanson, will end anonymous reports of child abuse and neglect, provide penalties for false reporting, and add additional protections for innocent families during child welfare investigations. This bill is also based on our model legislation.
HB 1667, introduced by Representative Jacey Jetton, will also end anonymous reports of child abuse and neglect. You can read another good article in support of this bill by our friends at the Texas Public Policy Forum here. This bill is also based on our model legislation.
Finally, HJR 85 introduced by Representative Dustin Burrows, is a proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution which will enshrine parental rights as a fundamental right in the Texas Constitution. You can find out more information and sign the petition at the webpage of our friends at the Texas Family Freedom Project.
We encourage you to reach out to your Texas State Representative and Texas State Senator and ask them to support these four bills. You can contact your Texas State Representative here, and your Texas State Senator here. Please respectfully ask them to support these three bills to protect parental rights in Texas.