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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 24, 2017 02:23 PM
From: Representative Will Tallman
To: All House members
Subject: Parental Rights Legislation
Due to a drafting error I intend to re-introduce legislation that affirms parental rights in the Commonwealth (formerly HB855 of this session).

I and many Pennsylvanians believe that parents have an intrinsic right to determine what is the best way to raise their children to ensure they grow up to become principled, healthy, and well-educated adults.

My legislation will sustain that intrinsic right of parents to determine the upbringing, education and care of their children. This law will prohibit any Commonwealth agency, political subdivision, municipal authority, or any other local government instrumentality from abridging this right without "demonstrating that its governmental interest as applied to the person is of the highest order and not otherwise served." This will apply to any State or local law or ordinance enacted before or after the effective date of this legislation.

This legislation shows Pennsylvanians that we respect the role of parents in the upbringing of their children. Please join me in cosponsoring this legislation by clicking on the link below.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Carol Hoffman at (717) 783-8875 or by e-mail at choffman@pahousegop.com

Introduced as HB1349