Unfortunately, countless good bills die every legislative session. House Bill (HB) 1332, sponsored by Rep. Celia Israel, proposed ending juvenile curfew laws in the state of Texas. Had the bill passed, it would have been a huge win for Texas families.
THSC is opposed to juvenile curfews because they undermine the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children. These laws also have a history of affecting homeschoolers disproportionately by restricting the times of day at which they can be in public.
Homeschoolers often have different schedules from their public school peers, which means that they may finish school earlier in the day and be out at times which are considered normal school hours for public school students.
Parents, not the state, should have the authority to decide when their children will be out in public. THSC supported HB 1332 this session and testified in favor of the bill when it was heard in the Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee.
The bill was supported by a bipartisan coalition of organizations, including THSC, the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Texas Appleseed, and the ACLU.
HB 1332 made significant progress this session, but unfortunately it was not voted out of the House Calendars Committee in time to reach the House floor, which means that the bill is dead.
The bill will likely be back next legislative session and THSC will be there to support it again.
Thank you for your ongoing support of THSC. Your help enables us to continue our efforts in Keeping Texas Families Free!