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April 7, 2015

Governor Signs Parental Rights Bill

The Idaho governor signs legislation protecting parental rights.
Parental rights advocates accompany Gov. CL Butch Otter (seated) as he signs House Bill 113. They are, from left: Sen. Bart Davis, Barry Peters, Julie Lynde, (back) Sen. Todd Lakey, Rep. Janet Trujillo, , (back) Jared Larsen, Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, and Rep. Linden Bateman.

On April 2, Governor Otter signed House Bill 113 into law. This is a tremendous victory for Idaho parents! No longer will they need to rely on the whims of judges, or mere implications from the U.S. or Idaho constitutions. Their rights are now protected in black and white in the law books.

You don’t have any more rights now than you did before. But the rights you already have by virtue of being a parent are now far safer. You can rest easy knowing that you won’t wake up one morning to find that a judge with an agenda has downgraded parental rights.

We would like to offer a special word of thanks to Representative Janet Trujillo who worked tirelessly for this bill on behalf of families. She is pictured next to the governor (to his own immediate right) in the above photo. Attorney Barry Peters with the Idaho Coalition of Home Educators, whose testimony was crucial in winning Senate support of the bill, is pictured second from the left. Peters also testified, along with HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff, when the bill received a hearing in the house.

Thank you for the phone calls you made and emails you sent. You were part of the groundswell that helped HB 113 become law.

Please take a moment to thank Governor Otter for his support for parental rights. And thank your own senator and representative, if they supported the bill, if you have not done so already.

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