One of our constitutions (federal) is short, the other (state) is long — like really long — but both underscore liberty's primacy right away. The federal Constitution, in the first sentence of the Preamble, declares its mission to "secure the Blessings of Liberty." The Texas Constitution likewise wastes no time, stating up front in the Bill of Rights its paramount aim to recognize and establish "the general, great and essential principles of liberty and free government." The point is unsubtle and undeniable:
Liberty is not provided by government; liberty preexists government. It is not a gift from the sovereign; it is our natural birthright. Fixed. Innate. Unalienable.
--Justice Don Willet, Texas Supreme Court, 2015
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FAMILY LAW BILLS
The Policy Center tracks certain bills related to family law issues and provides information on those bills.
HB 4691 is a proposed change to "Child custody act of 1970," by amending sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 6a, 7, 7a, and 11 (MCL 722.21, 722.22, 722.23, 722.24, 722.26a, 722.27, 722.27a, and 722.31),
section 2 as amended by 2015 PA 51, section 3 as amended by 2016 PA 95, section 4 as amended by 1998 PA 482, section 6a as added by 1980 PA 434, section 7 as amended by 2015 PA 52, section 7a as amended by 2016 PA 96, and section 11 as added by 2000 PA 422.