With a stroke of his pen, Texas Governor Rick Perry may soon give Child Protective Services a new power: the ability to pick up your kids without your consent.
So the Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas, along with the Texas Home School Foundation and the Free Market Foundation, are waging war against SB 1440. The bill features a last-minute amendment tacked on by Democratic Rep. Patrick Rose that gives Child Protect Services the power to transport a child for purposes of an investigation without a hearing or parental consent. Instead, the agency needs only an affidavit that says there’s a “fair probability” of abuse.
If the bill became law, a judge would be able to grant Child Protect Services 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 could be done without notifying the parent in advance.
In the below video, Texas RLC member Pierre DeRochemont speaks at a June 10 Houston rally in opposition to the bill.