Parental Rights in the State of Florida.
Rep. Michael Bileca has courageously undertaken our cause in the House of Representatives to sponsor Parental Rights Bill HB 737. In the Senate, Sen. Thad Altman has done the same with SB 1532. We are thankful for these legislators and their efforts. Please extend your gratitude to them by clicking their names above, and sending them a thank you note via e mail.
This is a huge development in the story line of advancing the cause of Parental Rights in Florida. This bill revises existing Florida Law to establish the right of a parent to make decisions regarding upbringing, education and care of their child AS A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT. It does so all the while while protecting kids at risk, because it continues to allow the state to protect children when they are truly in jeopardy. But this law requires specific findings to be produced to overcome the fundamental right parents would have. It takes away the leeway that currently exists for state agencies to act arbitrarily. To pass this legislation, it will require Passage through certain committees. The individuals who chair these committees decide what bills get discussed, and thus passed through to the house for a vote. So this next step is critical to the life of this effort for 2015.
CALL TO ACTION Contact the three Legislators below via e mail IMMEDIATELY. These three legislators chair committees that the 2015 Parental Rights Bill (HB 737) needs to pass through. Civil Justice Committee Chair: Rep. Kathleen Passidomo -R Email: [email protected] Judiciary Committee Chair: Rep. Charles McBurney - R Email: [email protected] Children, Families and Seniors Subcommittee Chair Rep Gayle Harrell - R Email: [email protected] What should I write? Here is some suggested Language for your e-mail. Add edits as needed to personalize if desired. But remember - keep it short and to the point. Lengthy e mails lose their power because they are not likely to be read by the Representative or their staff. Subject Line: Committee Chair - Please Support HB 737 Parental Rights Bill Body: Dear Rep. (Their Last Name), This e mail is to express my strong support for HB 737 - The Parental Rights Bill. I support it because I believe that Parents should have a fundamental right to direct the care, upbringing and education of their children. This bill has been assigned to the committee that you currently chair. I respectfully ask that you allow HB 737 (Parental Rights Bill) to be discussed and voted on in your committee. I look forward to seeing HB 737 Parental Rights Bill passed as Law in Florida this year! Sincerely, (Your Name) For The Cause of Liberty, Jim & Patti Sullivan Florida State Coordinators