From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


2/12/2002 5:21:13 PM
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq., Staff Attorney of HSLDA
New Hampshire--UPDATE: HB 1408-House Vote Imminent

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

February 12, 2002

Dear New Hampshire Members and Friends,

Tomorrow is the last day for making calls to oppose House Bill 1408.
Your call will make a difference! If you have not yet spoken
personally to your representative to ask him to oppose HB 1408,
please keep calling and trying to get through!

One representative recently told a home schooler that even if the
bill were enacted, home schooling families would be protected from
truancy problems if they had filed the proper notice under New
Hampshire law. This is only partially correct.

A properly filed notice provides a measure of protection from a
charge of violating STATE law, but we have no idea if it will protect
against a charge of violating LOCAL truancy ordinances. We have no
idea even what such local truancy ordinances would demand! This is
why the bill is so dangerous.

We still expect the House to vote on this bill Thursday. This
evening, tomorrow, and tomorrow evening will be your last realistic
opportunities to ask your representative to vote against this bill
that would open the door to so much harm to the home school

Our last e-lert provided a web address you could use to obtain
contact information for any New Hampshire representative: The first telephone number
listed for each representative, 603-271-1110, is a general line for
the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The best phone number to
use for contacting your representative, however, is the one listed
under "Main District Office." You can use this number during daytime
and evening hours.

When you call, your message can be as simple as the following:

"Please vote NO on H.B. 1408 concerning truancy ordinances. We are a
home schooling family and are opposed to this bill because a) towns
and cities across the state of New Hampshire may use newfound power
to unnecessarily 'crack down' on home schooling families; b) towns
will not be held accountable to the state and there will be confusion
of the law; and c) violation of a town's truancy ordinance, no matter
how trivial, could result in parents being charged with child
neglect. We urge you to vote NO on H.B. 1408."

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.

NOTE: For more information on this bill and a previous e-lert, see
HSLDA's web page on H.B. 1408:

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