HB2567/SB2726 – Faison/Southerland

Bill Description

This bill provides that all parental rights are reserved to the parent of a minor child without obstruction or interference from this state, any political subdivision of this state, any other governmental entity, or any other institution. This bill specifies that those rights include, but are not limited to:

(1) The right to direct the education of the minor child;
(2) All rights of parents identified in the domestic relations and education laws, including the right to access and review all school records relating to the minor child;
(3) The right to direct the upbringing of the minor child;
(4) The right to direct the moral or religious training of the minor child;
(5) The right to make healthcare decisions for the minor child, unless otherwise prohibited by law;
(6) The right to make post-birth preference decisions, including delayed cord clamping, skin-to-skin contact, and the right to opt-out of post-birth practices, including antibiotic eye ointment, vitamin K injection, delayed bathing, and Hepatitis B vaccine;
(7) The right to access and review all medical records of the minor child unless otherwise prohibited by law, or the parent is the subject of an investigation of a crime committed against the minor child and a law enforcement official or department of children's services employee requests that the information not be released;
(8) The right to consent in writing before a biometric scan of the minor child is made, stored, or shared;
(9) The right to consent in writing before any record of the minor child's blood or deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is created, stored, or shared, except as otherwise required by law or unless authorized by court order;
(10) The right to consent in writing before any governmental entity makes a video or voice recording of the minor child, unless the video or voice recording is made during or as part of a court proceeding, by law enforcement officials during or as part of a law enforcement investigation, during or as part of a forensic interview in a criminal or department of children's services investigation, or to be used solely for any of the following: safety demonstrations, including the maintenance of order and discipline in the common areas of a school or on student transportation vehicles; a purpose related to a legitimate academic or extracurricular activity; a purpose related to regular classroom instruction; security or surveillance of buildings or grounds, or a photo identification card; and
(11) The right to be notified promptly if an employee of this state or any political subdivision of this state suspects that a criminal offense has been committed against the minor child by someone other than a parent, unless the incident has first been reported to law enforcement officials and notification of the parent would impede a law enforcement or department of children's services investigation. This bill states that this item (11) does not create any new obligation for LEAs or charter schools to report misconduct between students at school, such as fighting or aggressive play, that is routinely addressed as a student disciplinary matter by the school.

This bill specifies that it does not:

(1) Authorize or allow a parent to engage in conduct that is unlawful or to abuse or neglect a child in violation of the laws of this state;
(2) Prohibit courts, law enforcement officers, or employees of a governmental agency responsible for child welfare from acting in their official capacity within the reasonable and prudent scope of their authority; or
(3) Prohibit a court from issuing an order that is otherwise permitted by law.

This bill further provides that:

(1) Any attempt to encourage or coerce a minor child to withhold information from the minor child's parent is grounds for discipline of an employee of this state, any political subdivision of this state, or any other governmental entity, except for law enforcement personnel;
(2) Unless legally waived or terminated, a parent has inalienable rights that are more comprehensive than those listed in this bill;
(3) Unless otherwise required by law, the rights of parents of a minor child must not be limited or denied;
(4) This bill does not apply to a parental action or decision that would end the life of the minor child;
(5) This bill does not prescribe all rights of parents;
(6) A person is prohibited from procuring, soliciting to perform, arranging for the performance of, or performing surgical procedures or a physical examination upon a minor child, or prescribing any prescription drugs to a minor child without first obtaining the written consent of the parent of the minor child. If the parent of a minor child provides written consent to a school district for assessment or treatment, the consent is effective for the school year in which the consent is granted and must be renewed each subsequent school year. If an assessment or treatment is performed through telemedicine at a school site and a current consent has been provided by the parent of the minor child, the health professional is not required to verify that the parent of the minor child is at the school site;
(7) A hospital is prohibited from permitting surgical procedures to be performed upon a minor child at the hospital's facilities without first having obtained the written consent of a parent of the minor child; and
(8) Items (6) and (7) will not apply when it has been determined by a physician that an emergency exists and that it is necessary to perform such surgical procedures for the treatment of an injury or drug abuse, or to save the life of the minor child, or when the minor child's parent cannot be located or contacted after a reasonably diligent search. The items will also not apply to an abortion, which is governed by other provisions of present law.

TLRC Position

Needed! We favor

TLRC Observed Process

No action in either house. It should be apparent with all that is going on in this country at present, that the public education system is failing all of us. Parents need to get involved and they need to be protected and their rights guaranteed.

Vote Result: Committee Only

Score: +5

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