With just under a month and a half remaining in the 2019 Texas legislative session, the THSC Watchmen are approaching the home stretch. Their weeks are still filled with reading bills and talking with legislative offices to protect Texas families from bad legislation.
THSC has testified over a dozen times during this session on legislation affecting the right of families to raise their children. Legislators often draft entirely innocent bills which unknowingly include provisions that would hurt Texas families or Texas homeschoolers.
For example, the legislative team recently discovered and repaired a bill which might have unintentionally required public schools to locate and count homeschool students in Texas.
We have seen great success thus far in amending bills that relate to parental rights. Your prayers and support enable the THSC Watchmen to do this work.
Family Unity Act Heard in Texas House Committee
The Family Unity Act is one of THSC’s most important pieces of legislation in this session. This bill clearly outlines the constitutional rules which must be followed before the state can interfere with parental decisions regarding their children.
The THSC Watchmen coordinated with witnesses, legal experts and even the Texas attorney general’s office to attend the hearing and to testify on the bill. State Rep. Jeff Leach is carrying the bill and did an excellent job defending the constitutional rights of families.
The committee’s response to the bill was very positive overall. This bill would be life-changing for many families. Although current constitutional rules already protect the rights of Texas families, many local judges and attorneys are unaware of these rules.
Since the year 2000, Texas appellate courts have repeatedly rebuked lower state courts which fail to correctly apply the legal presumption that a parent is acting in the best interest of his or her child. These families are disproportionately low-income and single-parent households. Additionally, 40 percent of litigants in Texas family law cases do not have an attorney.
Unless these constitutional rules are clearly outlined in Texas law, families who cannot afford an attorney or an appeal may be completely unable to defend their rights in court.
Your right to raise your children should not depend on your financial ability to defend yourself in court. Our team is currently working to get the Family Unity Act voted out of the committee.
Thank you for your support in Keeping Texas Families Free!
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