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Thompson, Peetz best choices for Spokane Valley council

Spokane Valley voters have a decision to make about what kind of council it wants. It can be ideologically driven, or it can stick to the basics of the job while considering regional solutions. If voters prefer the latter, they will select Linda Thompson and Brandi Peetz..

Court: Gays can seek parental rights for nonbiological kids

New York’s highest court expanded the definition of parenthood Tuesday by ruling that former same-sex couples may seek visitation and custody of children even when they aren’t the biological or adoptive parent.

Parental rights bill passes House, 66-1

The House has voted 66-1 in favor of “parental rights” legislation, SB 1293a, sending the Senate-passed bill to the governor’s desk. There was no debate. The bill declares that “who object to any learning material or activity on the basis that it harms the child...

Idaho Senate passes Sen. Mary Souza’s parent rights measure

BOISE – All Idaho school districts would have to allow parents to withdraw their children from any activity, class or program that the parents believe “impairs the parents’ firmly held beliefs, values or principles,” under legislation that passed the Idaho Senate on Monday. Freshman Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d’Alene, who co-sponsored the bill, told the Senate that it solidifies the role of parents as the “primary decision-makers for their children.” She added, “Parents’ rights are given to us by God.”

Eye on Boise: Bill limiting kids’ use of tanning beds heads to governor

After years of debate, lawmakers have sent legislation limiting children’s use of artificial tanning beds to Gov. Butch Otter’s desk.   HB 177 passed the Senate late last week on a 23-12 vote. Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, said it matches new restrictions on tanning beds, which are linked to skin cancer, particularly for the young, to existing restrictions in Idaho on youngsters getting tattoos, piercings or brandings. “Thirteen and under, you just don’t do it,” Hagedorn said. “Between 14 and 18, you get parental consent. And that’s worked very well for these things; I think it’ll work very well here.”

Eye on Boise: House passes parental rights bill

After a fervent, hourlong debate, the Idaho House last week voted 37-31 in favor of a controversial parental rights bill that opponents said could endanger Idaho kids. Rep. Janet Trujillo, R-Idaho Falls, sponsor of HB 113, said, “Our families are important, our parents are important, and we would like fundamental rights when it comes to decisions of the courts.” She said legal concerns about the bill raised by the Idaho Supreme Court should be discounted because of separation of powers.

Panel weighs parental rights

BOISE – When should a parent lose custody of a young child for refusing consent for a medical procedure? How likely must the harm to the child be for that to happen, and what if the potential harm is unlikely but dire? Should doctors and police who seize custody and perform the procedure over parents’ objections bear any liability? Those questions are at the heart of a parents’ rights case that brought a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to Boise on Tuesday for the first time since 2003, a special sitting to hear arguments on an appeal from Corissa and Eric Mueller.

Adoptions, parental rights loophole puts families in flux

A Tri-Cities couple’s adopted sons may be taken away, and a Spokane woman’s daughter was adopted while she fought to keep the girl. The separate child custody cases illustrate a gap in Washington law that makes it possible for adoptions to be finalized while the biological mother or father appeals termination of their parental rights.

Shawn Vestal: Children’s rights don’t play in Idaho House

Kids in Idaho could use a right or two. Or maybe just a hand. About half are living in “low-income” homes. A fifth live in homes headed by single mothers, whose unemployment rate is twice that of married men and women. The state ranks 41st for overall child health and well-being, according to a new scorecard.