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Home School Legal Defense Association

P.O. Box 3000, Purcellville, VA 20134

For Immediate Release Contact: Jeremiah Lorrig
April 28, 2011 (540) 338-5600

Florida Joins States Calling for Parental Rights Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Florida today became the fifth state to pass a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to send the Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to the states for ratification. The Florida Senate voted 38–0 in favor of SM 954 this morning, after the Florida House passed its companion (HM 557) by a voice vote on Tuesday.

Florida becomes the third state this year to call for the amendment; Idaho and Montana both passed similar measures in early March. Both South Dakota and Louisiana passed similar resolutions in 2010.

Louisiana’s resolution last year was accepted unanimously in both houses, with a Democrat plurality in the House (then made up of 52 Democrats, 50 Republicans, and 3 Independents) and a Democrat majority in the Senate. Florida’s resolution enjoyed a Republican majority in both houses, but was also bipartisan with 10 of 12 Senate Democrats voting in favor (1 was absent, and 1 did not vote). In all, Florida Democrats on record voted 17–3, or 85%, in favor of this memorial (resolution). Republican support was 98%.

“I applaud the Florida legislature for their vote today,” said Michael Farris, president of “Florida’s bipartisan vote shows that preserving parental rights is not a Democrat or Republican issue—it is an American issue. I call on the U.S. Congress to pass the Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and send it to the states for ratification.”

Information about the Parental Rights Amendment is available online at

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a 28-year-old, 85,000 member non-profit organization and the preeminent national association advocating the legal right of parents to homeschool their children.