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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2017
AUSTIN – The Texas Senate today approved SB 75, authored by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to require that minors obtain parental consent before signing a labor union contract. The bill now moves to the Texas House of Representatives for further consideration.
"This legislation preserves the rights of parents -- and protects minors from entering into a financial contract they may not fully understand," Senator Nelson said.
SB 75 provides an exemption for emancipated minors. Texas is a right to work state, so minors can still obtain employment under SB 75 because no Texan is required to join a union as a condition of employment. The Supreme Court has ruled that any contract involving a minor is voidable on its face. Under current law, minors must receive parental consent to undergo medical procedures; engage in pawn shop transactions; seek a tattoo or body piercing; obtain a driver's learner or provisional license; or participate in extracurricular activities.