House Joint Resolution 3: Parents' Rights


Last Updated: March 8, 2012
House Joint Resolution 3: Parents' Rights
Representatives Botten, Davison, Illoway, Kroeker, Lubnau, Semlek, Vranish and Senators Dockstader and Landen

The Wyoming legislature has an opportunity to support parental rights by passing HJ 3. Parental rights are an important foundation to defending our homeschooling freedoms. Supreme Court cases and international treaties continue to pose a serious threat to parental rights in the United States. Wyoming citizens have the opportunity to voice their support for an amendment to the federal Constitution protecting parental rights.

HJ 3 is a joint resolution that would call on the Congress of the United States to pass a parental rights amendment and send it to the states for ratification. Five other states have already passed a similar resolution. However, because this year is a budget year for the Wyoming legislature a two-thirds vote of the legislature is needed to consider HJ 3. Therefore, we need your help today.

HSLDA's Position:

Parental rights are critical not only to homeschooling freedom, but to all Americans. While Supreme Court cases and United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child pose a serious threat to parental rights in the United States, Wyoming has the opportunity to fight for parental rights.

Action Requested:
None at this time

01/30/2012     (House)     Bill Number Assigned
02/14/2012     (House)     Introduced and referred to Labor, Health and Social Services Committee
02/16/2012     (House)     Committee recommended passing the resolution
02/20/2012     (House)     Passed Committee of the Whole
02/21/2012     (House)     Second Reading
02/21/2012     (House)     Third Reading
02/27/2012     (Senate)     Introduced in the Senate and referred to Judiciary Committee
03/02/2012     (Senate)     Committee recommended passing the resolution
03/05/2012     (Senate)     Passed Committee of the Whole
03/06/2012     (Senate)     Second Reading
03/07/2012     (Senate)     Third Reading
03/07/2012     (Senate)     Signed by House Speaker
03/07/2012     (Senate)     Signed by Senate President


For more details on this, read the text of the bill here.

The right to homeschool is based on parents’ fundamental right to direct the education and upbringing of their children, and HSLDA has been in the center of the fight to preserve these rights for more than 25 years.

While many courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, have affirmed parental rights in a variety of circumstances, some recent decisions have given reason for concern that recognition of parental responsibility and authority is eroding. Consequently, there is a movement underway to amend the U.S. Constitution to protect this fundamental right. To learn more visit

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