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Rep. Laubenberg asks GOP men’s club to help stop CPS from taking children from parents without court order

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By J.J. Smith. ROCKWALL – State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R-Rockwall) called on about 80 members of Rockwall’s Republican Men’s Club June 14 to contact Governor Rick Perry’s office right away to ask him to veto Senate Bill 1440, which will clear the way for CPS to arbitrarily enter homes and take children away from parents without a court order.

The legislation has already passed the House and Senate and is sitting on the Governor’s desk. It will become law unless he vetoes it before June 21, 2009.

The bill is unnecessary because there is already a mechanism in place to protect children in emergency situations, according to Laubenberg.

“I do not want to allow unchecked arbitrary access by CPS into Texans’ homes,” she said.

She cited the CPS seizure of 462 children living in the “Yearning for Zion” polygamist community in El Dorado TX as an example of what can go wrong if CPS is allowed arbitrary access. All but one of the children were returned after the CPS raid was later ruled “unwarranted” by the Texas Third Court of Appeals and Texas Supreme Court.

The whole incident was based upon several anonymous phone calls, without thorough investigation by CPS before seizing the children, as it turned out.

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