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HB 2174: Concerning the right of a parent to make decisions regarding the care, custody, supervision, and administration of his or her child

HB 2174 states that the liberty interest of a parent to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, management, and care of his or her child is a fundamental right. Additionally, the bill reiterates that neither the state nor any political subdivision of the state, nor any agency, officer, or employee thereof, may infringe this fundamental right without demonstrating that its governmental interest as applied to the parent is a compelling interest of the highest order and may not otherwise be served.

The bill further recognizes that this fundamental right does not authorize a parent to abuse or neglect his or her child or engage in any other unlawful conduct against his or her child. The bill also does not prohibit courts, law enforcement agencies, or agencies that provide child protective services, or the employees of such agencies, from acting within their official capacity pursuant to law.