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Reeves' Parental Rights Bill Passes Va. Senate

Reeves wants to stop the "encroachment on parental rights."

The parental rights bill sponsored by Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-17) passed the Senate 24-16 Thursday afternoon. The bill now goes to the Virginia House.

The bill, SB908, "[p]rovides that parents have a fundamental right to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their children and such right shall not be infringed by the government unless the governmental interest as applied to the parents is of the highest order and not otherwise served," according to the bill summary.

Senate Courts of Justice Committee attorney Steve Benjamin expressed concern earlier in the week "that the bill could confer rights on noncustodial parents or even sperm donors," according to Newstimes.com.

The committee voted 8-6 to send the bill to the entire senate.

But Reeves wants the law passed to stop what he calls "an encroachment on parental rights." 

He said the bill would codify what is already in Virginia law.

Voting for the bill were Alexander, Black, Blevins, Carrico, Colgan, Garrett, Hanger, Herring, Martin, McDougle, McWaters, Newman, Norment, Northam, Obenshain, Petersen, Puckett, Reeves, Ruff, Smith, Stanley, Stosch, Stuart, Vogel, Wagner, Watkins.

Voting against were Barker, Deeds, Ebbin, Edwards, Favola, Howell, Locke, Lucas, Marsden, Marsh, McEachin, Miller, Puller, Saslaw.

The 17th District of Virginia includes Albemarle County (Part); Culpeper County (Part); Fredericksburg City (All); Louisa County (Part); Orange County (All); Spotsylvania County (Part).

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1Ronald February 01, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Duh? "He said the bill would codify what is already in Virginia law." This is a slippery slope (all the way to the bottom) coming from an (as expected) non-attorney-cop-turned-law-maker. And he gets cheered on by the home-schooling crowd. Noth that there's anything inherently wrong with home schooling. Other than one of the lessons in life is that you need to know how to relate to others who are different from you, and that they tend to be on the precipice of extremism. So we just sit back and wait and see what happens. Now that the deed is done.
Mac Smith February 01, 2013 at 03:58 PM
I hope this is not a small attempt to crack curriculum to deny things like climate change and evolution. That is what it smells like initially.
1Ronald February 01, 2013 at 08:11 PM
I'm sure that is the thinking of Mr. Reeves supporters. So we sit back and wait for it to happen. Score 1 for the Flat Earth people and 0 for the kids trying to learn something.
Anne February 04, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Knowing this guy like I do, I bet you are on the money ... Be weary when the leopard tries to change its spots...

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