A resolution sponsored by Sen. Lana Theis condemning the Biden administration’s Department of Justice for inhibiting parents’ constitutional rights to free speech was adopted by the Senate on Tuesday.
“The Biden administration’s Department of Justice recently encouraged federal authorities to investigate parents for expressing their opinions at school board meetings — an unbelievable act of intimidation made for no other reason than to scare parents into submission,” said Theis, R-Brighton. “It is no wonder families throughout our state and nation are angry and eager to speak out. Instead of going after marginalized parents for exercising their First Amendment rights to express themselves and petition their government, we should be rooting out the divisive critical race theory agenda and forced mandates that threaten students’ education. We should be encouraging parental involvement in children’s lives and education, not punishing them for it.”
Senate Resolution 86 was introduced by Theis after the Biden DOJ recently encouraged federal authorities to investigate parents for expressing their opinions at school board meetings throughout the country. It was later revealed that the DOJ based, at least in part, its memo on unverified and misleading information from the National School Boards Association, which the group has since retracted and apologized for submitting.