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A Gay Black Democrat Mom and a Straight White Republican Grandma are Co-Sponsoring Nevada’s Free-Range Kids Bill

From an op-ed in yesterday’s Las Vegas Journal-Review by Nevada State Sen. Dallas Harris and Assemblywoman Alexis Hansen, titled, “Don’t Criminalize Childhood Independence.”

Maybe we look like complete opposites. One of us is a gay, Black and a Democratic mom of one from Clark County. And one of us is a white, Republican and a mom of eight — grandmother of 20 — from Northern Nevada. But we are thrilled to be working together because we are in heated agreement when it comes to this:

Kids have the right to some reasonable independence. And parents have the right to give it to them without being charged with neglect. Now we are supporting a bill that makes this truth into law.

Read more here.

Friends, the bill they’re supporting narrows the neglect laws to ensure that parents who give their kids some free, unsupervised time — by choice OR necessity — are not mistaken for neglectful. It’s a bill we have loved for a long time.

Nevada is one of five states considering such a law this session. Please visit Let Grow’s advocacy page to find out more, or lend your voice to the cause!


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