The school year may be winding down, but things are just about to take off here at ParentalRights.org. The biggest item on the near horizon is the introduction of the Parental Rights Amendment (PRA) in both houses of Congress, which I expect to see very soon. But that’s not all that’s taking place during that time.
Movement in Maine – Main Supporters, Please Contact Lawmakers
For starters, our effort to pass parental rights legislation in Maine will face its final hurdles over the next several weeks. Supporters in the Pine Cone State are asked to contact your lawmakers and urge them to support Rep. Ellie Espling’s LD472. (If you haven’t already seen it, look for an update in the next couple of days with details and a link to find your Maine lawmakers – but if you already know how to contact them and what to say, there’s no need to wait; you can contact them today.)
Working to Change Child Welfare Laws
Next, the bipartisan coalition we’ve been telling you about will be meeting with Congressional staffers next week to spell out needed changes to child welfare laws. Together with our friends across the political spectrum, we plan to show that existing laws encourage states to intrude in homes unnecessarily. Then, we’ll enlist champions to amend those laws to keep families together instead.
Drumroll…Reintroduction of the Parental Rights Amendment in Both Houses
As I mentioned at the top, though, the biggest event of the summer will be the reintroduction of the Parental Rights Amendment in both houses of Congress.
With new leadership, a new administration, and big projects like tax reform underway, Washington is somewhat challenging right now, which means even common causes like parental rights move slowly. But we have strong supporters on Capitol Hill who understand that you want to protect your children. We are coordinating with them now to bring the Parental Rights Amendment back to Congress and ultimately make it a reality.
Once we have all the exact dates and details ironed out, we will need your help to get as many initial cosponsors on board as possible. So watch for that coming call blitz.
In the meantime, hang on tight. We’re in for an exciting ride in the weeks ahead!
Director of Communications & Research