From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


5/15/2002 2:28:55 PM
Christopher J. Klicka, Esq., Senior Counsel of HSLDA
Missouri--Update: More Calls Needed on Religious Freedom Bill

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

May 15, 2002

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Thank you for all your calls for Senate Bill 958! Your efforts have
had an impact on the House Judiciary Chairman Ralph Monaco.

The Senate recently passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, S.B.
958, sending it over to the House. The bill ended up in the House
Judiciary Committee where the chairman conducted a hearing but
planned no further action. On May 10, we asked you to call the House
Judiciary Committee and the House members to encourage them to
support S.B. 958.

We believe those calls helped the efforts of the pro religious
freedom legislators to get a deal worked out that may result in final
passage of the Religious Freedom Act. Rep. Monaco has tentatively
agreed to attach the Religious Freedom Act as an amendment to his
Court Procedure bill (House Bill 1962). He plans to make a motion in
the House to vote on H.B. 1962 and its amendments without going to
conference committee. This will assure passage IF Representative
Monaco follows through with his agreement.

We need to move quickly to show our support for this action and
encourage Rep. Monaco to go forward. Therefore we are asking you to
take the following steps.


(You do not need to identify yourself as a home schooler for these

Immediately call the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Ralph
Monaco at 573-751-9851 and give him the following message:

"We were pleased to hear that you are planning to attach Senator Ted
House's Religious Freedom Act amendment to H.B. 1962. We support this
action and look forward to your motion to bypass the conference
committee and bring H.B. 1962 with its religious freedom amendment to
a floor vote. Religious freedom is one of our most precious rights
and it must be protected."

Rep. Monaco needs to know many people know about the tentative
agreement and expect him to deliver. Please call right away since the
legislative session will be over this Friday.


Review our last e-mail to find out the reasons the Missouri Religious
Freedom Act is so crucial.

Please contact Chairman Monaco's office now. Also pray God blesses
these last few days of the session with a victory for religious
freedom in Missouri.


Chris Klicka
Senior Counsel of HSLDA

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