From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


4/23/2002 3:51:37 PM
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq., Staff Attorney of HSLDA
Vermont--Final Committee Decision on H. 703 Expected Tomorrow

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

April 23, 2002

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

House Committee action on H. 703 will come to a climax tomorrow
(4/24/2002) at a meeting scheduled for 9:00 AM. This bill would
prevent the Commissioner of Education from delaying home school
enrollments, which has brought needless anxiety and tremendous legal
uncertainty to many. The bill would also give home school families
the dignity of a presumption that they are innocent.

The public hearing on April 17 was tremendously positive in every
respect--except that the committee took no action. Tomorrow the
committee is expected to either leave the bill "tabled," in which
case it will be dead for the year, or bring it to a committee vote. A
favorable committee vote would then allow the bill to go to the house
floor for action.


Please let your voice be heard! We need a final push to get this bill
out of committee and on to the floor of the House of Representatives.
If you have not previously told the members of the Committee your
opinion, there is still a small window of opportunity. You can call
802-828-2228 today or very early tomorrow. Your message can be as
simple as, "Please pass draft 1 of H. 703. It will prevent needless
delay and anxiety and help protect families who home school."

The committee will meet in Room 45 in the statehouse. We do not
expect the committee to open the meeting for public testimony, but we
encourage all who wish to come and fill the room as a show of your
support. Room 45 is much smaller than the room in which the public
hearing was held.


Call 802-828-2228 to leave a message for a representative. If you do
not know who your representative is, you can look it up with the
legislative toolbox on HSLDA's web site


Rep. Howard Crawford of Burke, Chair
Rep. Jason Barney of Highgate, Vice-Chair
Rep. Jack Anderson of Woodstock
Rep. Erron Carey of Chester
Rep. George Cross of Winooski
Rep. Virginia Duffy of Rutland City
Rep. Kathy LaVoie of Swanton, Clerk
Rep. Alice Miller of Shaftsbury
Rep. Donny Osman of Plainfield
Rep. Neil Randall of Bradford
Rep. Susan Wheeler of Burlington

Thank you for standing with us for freedom in Vermont!

Very truly yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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