SB 1148 is Back to Devastate Families

Dewhurst Rescues Parental Rights Bill

After Senator West repeatedly declined to meet with us after he denied our bill a hearing, we knew the Texas Parental Rights Restoration Act was in trouble.

Then Lt. Governor David Dewhurst heard about our dilemma.

Now Senator West has scheduled SB 1194, the Texas Parental Rights Restoration Act, for April 23! (For more information about how this bill will protect families by removing loopholes in the Grandparents Access Statute, visit:

The Bad News

Senator West also scheduled SB 1148. This is the bill home schoolers responded to by flooding Senator West’s office with phone calls until he pulled the bill from the agenda. And now it’s back.

SB 1148 could destroy your family. This bill would allow in-laws to force fit parents into financially devastating legal battles—legal battles over who would have possession of those fit parents’ children.

Protect Your Family

Come on Tuesday, April 23, and register for SB 1194 and against SB 1148.

Where: Room 2E.20 (also called the Betty King Committee Room), behind the Senate Chamber in the Texas State Capitol

When: 1:30 pm

Contact these members of the Senate Jurisprudence Committee to let them know:

  1. You are for SB 1194 by Donna Campbell because it would fix problems in the Grandparents Access Statute.
  2. You are against SB 1148 by Royce West because it would add problems to the Grandparents Access Statute.

Jurisprudence Committee Members to Contact

Sen. Sylvia Garcia
Phone: (512) 463-0106

Sen. Jose Rodriguez
Phone: (512) 463-0129

Sen. Royce West, author of SB 1148
Phone: (512) 463-0123

Sen. John Carona
Phone: (512) 463-0116

Sen. Kelly Hancock


  1. Jim Loose says

    Many people don’t understand the reason for all this fuss when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on so-called grandparents’ rights in the Troxel v. Granville case. Alas, such people are confused. Although Troxel was a (rather lopsided) majority opinion in favor of the parent in that case, the court issued half a dozen separate opinions that, taken together, accomplished nothing beyond generally reaffirming that SCOTUS thinks parental rights are important, and clearly indicating that “overbroad” statutes are still not held in high legal esteem. This is important. Because Troxel did not unequivocally resolve the underlying question about parental rights, it actually served as a Welcome Mat for further unnecessary/counterproductive government/state interference with the right of parents. How? Well, since the big question wasn’t answered, the courts will remain in the business of figuring out, case by case, where the line is. Indescribably painful and incredibly expensive mischief will go on and on and on. Innocent people’s lives will be destroyed.

    As my dad used to say whenever he faced an absurd professional situation: “What a way to run a railroad!”

    So, what is to be done? Since the courts are failing their duty to protect fundamental rights, Texas parents need to stand together to put an end to the existing legal nightmare that the God-given, fundamental right of parents to raise their children can be so easily held hostage to lawsuits. The way to do that is to respond to THSC’s call.

    At once. This instant. Get started.

    Don’t wait until a waking nightmare engulfs your life or the life of someone you love. Make those calls. Go to the hearing.

  2. Ellen Duke says

    This is what I got when I emailed Royce West, clearly he does not want to make this easy.

    Dear Friend,

    Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns with me. Due to the high volume of emails my office receives, please click the link below which will route you to my Senate website and email form for more efficient processing. If you are unable to access the link, please copy and paste the web address below into your browser.