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5/22/2002 5:31:42 PM
Christopher J. Klicka, Esq., Senior Counsel of HSLDA
Florida--Urgent Calls Needed on Government Nanny Bill

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May 22, 2002

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

We have recently been informed that Governor Jeb Bush will not take
any action on the "government nanny" bill until May 29th. This is our
last chance to try to persuade him to veto the bill like he did last
year!

We need your calls and e mails again to oppose the "government nanny"
bill. We also hope to get hundreds of additional calls as Mike Smith,
president of HSLDA speaks at the Florida Parents Association's (FPEA)
annual conference in Orlando this weekend.

In a backdoor move, Senate Majority leader John McKay slipped his
Government Nanny bill (formerly S.B. 88) into S.B. 1844, an economic
development bill. McKay accomplished this at the eleventh hour and
the bill passed by both the Senate and the House. Many House members,
who had earlier rejected the Government Nanny bill when it stood
alone, voted for S.B. 1844, unaware that the Government Nanny bill
was added on at the last minute.

Many parents have called Governor Jeb Bush expressing opposition to
S.B. 1844 and requesting that he veto the bill. The Governor's office
responded that the bill that was passed as an amendment to S.B. 1844
is significantly different than last year's Government Nanny bill
that Governor Bush vetoed.

A close examination of the bill by HSLDA staff revealed only minor
technical changes. Some of the threatening language had been removed,
but the bill was largely unchanged and would still greatly increase
the power of the government over children at the expense of parents'
rights.

REQUESTED ACTION

Home schoolers almost single handedly persuaded Governor Bush to veto
the "Government Nanny" bill last year. We need to do this again.

IMMEDIATELY call the office of Governor Jeb Bush at 850 488 7146 and
deliver this message:

"Concerned parents want Governor Bush to veto S.B. 1844. This bill
creates a big government program that will invade family privacy,
usurp the role of parents, and waste taxpayer money. This bill goes
against everything the governor stands for."

You do not need to identify yourself as a home schooler.

The Governor has indicated that he will not take any action on this
bill until May 29, 2002. Therefore you need to call and email until
the May 29. Although phone calls are the most effective form of
getting your message to Governor Bush, you may also want to email him
at jeb@MYFL.com.

BACKGROUND

We have sent Governor Bush several reasons why he should veto S.B.
1844:

1) If this bill becomes law, it will lay the foundation for
transforming Florida into a "government nanny state." It will cause
unnecessary big government intervention and constitutes a massive
invasion of family privacy.

2) S.B. 1844 creates a new big government program called "Learning
Gateway," which will "provide systematic hospital visits or home
visits by trained staff to new mothers." Such visits by government
officials are intimidating and will traumatize many innocent
families.

3) S.B. 1844 requires that an electronic data system be developed to
track children who are screened, assessed, and referred for services.
Will parents be able to remove the child from the government programs
once the initial screening is done without their consent?

4) S.B. 1844 creates a huge, expensive bureaucracy, with the intent
of expanding the program statewide. The pilot project is $6 million
the first year for only three counties, what will it cost taxpayers
to fund this program for the whole state?

Please urge your Governor Bush to veto this bill.

Thank you for standing with us for liberty.

Sincerely,

Christopher Klicka
Senior Counsel

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