Wyoming's legislative session is a mere two months in length, bringing a flurry of constant activity for home education activists. Homeschool families and their competent leadership carried the day on issue after issue-a testament to the effectiveness of grassroots lobbying.
>> House Bill 76: In a major victory for parental rights, this bill made three changes to existing law. It raised the standard for substantiating a child abuse claim from "credible evidence" to "a preponderance of the evidence," strengthening the ability of innocent parents to avoid the hassle of a social services investigation. In addition, the bill closed a loophole in the central registry system, forcing the government to expunge all records of unsubstantiated child abuse claims. Finally, HB 76 made it a crime to knowingly and intentionally make a false report of child abuse. This bill has passed both houses and has been signed by the governor.
>> HB 231: Introduced by the chairman of the House Education Committee, this bill was a short-lived attempt to increase compulsory attendance requirements in Wyoming. Homeschoolers rallied against it, and it failed in committee by a vote of eight to one-with only the chairman voting for his own bill!
>> Senate File 39: Inside this large bill is an important and positive change to Wyoming law. The bill requires social workers to inform the subject of an investigation of the allegations made against him or her, at the time of the initial contact.