A coalition of conservative and libertarian groups is urging Gov. Rick Perry to veto a bill that would make it easier for Child Protective Services to remove children from a home while investigating possible abuse.
Groups including the Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas, the Texas Home School Foundation and the Free Market Foundation have called on supporters to contact Perry’s office and request that he veto Senate Bill 1440.
At issue is an amendment addressing instances when a parent refuses to let a CPS worker inside to investigate an abuse or neglect allegation.
If the bill became law, a judge would be able to grant CPS a court order similar to a criminal search warrant, allowing a CPS worker to immediately enter the home and, if necessary, remove the child and secure medical and mental-health records as part of an investigation. It would be done without notifying the parent in advance.
"It seems like we’re throwing the Fourth Amendment under the bus," said Tim Lambert, president of the Texas Home School Coalition. "It completely undermines parental rights."
Our pal David Jennings over at the Lone Star Times dubbed SB 1440 the "Take Away Your Child Act." A staunch conservative and GOP activist, Jennings declared in the LST comment section, "I really hope he vetoes it. If he doesn’t, I’m not sure what I’ll do for the primary."
Are you listening, Governor Perry? These are your primary voters talking.
Click here to email or find a phone number for the Governor to request he veto SB 1440.