LEGISLATIVE CALL TO ACTION: 2/9/2024

As  stewards of our cherished rights and liberties, it is our duty to remain ever vigilant and proactive in their defense. It is in this spirit that we reach out to our dedicated Patriot First supporters to underscore the significance of this upcoming legislative measure that stands as a bulwark in the preservation of our fundamental freedoms.

In an era where the very essence of family autonomy and parental authority is increasingly encroached upon by overreach and governmental intervention, it becomes paramount to reinforce the foundational pillars that have upheld our society since its inception. The introduction of HB98 into the Children and Senior Advocacy Committee marks a critical juncture in our collective efforts to ensure the enduring sanctity of parental rights in Alabama.

HB98 is not merely a legislative proposal; it is a testament to our unwavering commitment to safeguarding the rights of parents to direct the upbringing, education, care, and control of their children. This initiative resonates deeply with the core values that Patriot First champions — the protection of our constitutional rights and the preservation of the family unit as the primary sphere of influence in the lives of our children.

As we move forward, it is imperative that we unite in our resolve to support HB98. By doing so, we affirm our dedication to upholding the principles that our founding fathers envisioned and fought for. This legislative call to action serves as a clarion call to all who hold dear the rights bestowed upon us — rights that must be defended with zeal and vigilance.

We urge you to engage with the members of the Children and Senior Advocacy Committee, to voice your support for HB98, and to stand firm in our shared mission to fortify the bedrock of parental rights in Alabama. Your participation is not just a contribution to this cause; it is a declaration of your commitment to the protection and advancement of our most fundamental liberties.

Together, let us champion this cause with the unity, respect, and determination that define us as Patriot First supporters.

HB98 has been placed in the Children and Senior and Advocacy Committee

Why is HB98 important  Text of HB 98

• U.S. Supreme Court currently recognizes parental rights through its interpretation of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, but they are not specifically outlined in Alabama’s governing document.

• By passing and ratifying a state constitutional amendment that addresses the rights of parents to care for their children without undue interference from the government, we can safeguard these fundamental liberties for decades to come.

• Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall strongly backs the proposal for a constitutional amendment that aims to safeguard parental rights.

”I express my wholehearted endorsement for the proposed amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 2022, which provides that parents have a fundamental right to direct the upbringing, education, care, and control of their children,” Marshall said. “Since its founding, our nation has realized the fundamental rights of parents to direct the care and custody of their children, and courts have recognized those rights in several important decisions. By explicitly incorporating parental rights into Alabama’s constitutional framework, Alabama aims to solidify its commitment to these principles and ensure their protection for future generations.”

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Please contact the Members of the Senior Advocacy Committee and thank the ones who helped pass the parental rights protection act (HB6) last session and ask them vote yes on HB98. You can say something like this

“Thank you for being a champion of securing our fundamental rights as parents by supporting HB6 when you voted yes last session. I respectfully request that you continue to be a champion to secure the fundamental rights of parents in Alabama to by allowing for a Constitutional Amendment by voting YES to HB98. This is important to me because a state constitutional amendment would seek to explicitly recognize and protect the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, care, and control of their children for future generation.”

Below are the members of the Children and Senior Advocacy Committee:

Please remember to be respectful and courteous with your communications

Ginny Shaver (Chair)                                          

(334) 261-0413          

ginny.shaver@alhouse.gov

Tracy Estes (Vice Chairperson)                          

(334) 261-0434        

jtracyestes@gmail.com

Barbara Boyd (Ranking Minority)

(334) 261-0592        

barbara.boyd@alhouse.gov

Randall Shedd

(334) 261-0530        

randall.shedd@alhouse.gov

Tim Wadsworth

(205) 300-4008  

wadsworth.tim654321@gmail.com

Jim Carns  

(334) 261-0429          

jwcarns@gmail.com

Barbara Drummond

(334) 261-0564          

drummondbarbara@att.net

Ernie Yarbrough

(334) 261-0454        

yarbrough4house@gmail.com

Rick Rehm

334) 261-0513          

rrehm46@gmail.com