From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


1/10/2003 3:23:14 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Legislative Season Is Off And Running

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Across the country, legislatures are opening their sessions, and Home
School Legal Defense Association is gearing up to defend the rights
of homeschoolers everywhere. One terrible bill has already been filed
in North Dakota. A bill has been introduced in Maine that would
create a new, less restrictive homeschool option. Legislation is
being prepared or has been filed to bring more freedom to
homeschoolers in Iowa, West Virginia, and Vermont. Please visit our
web site in the upcoming weeks for more information on these bills.

HSLDA is committed to stopping any legislation that may harm
homeschoolers. We are also committed to promoting legislation that
would expand your freedom to homeschool. Our electronic legislation
tracking service notifies us of any bills that refer to issues
regarding homeschooling rights including: homeschools, private
schools, parental rights, religious liberties, compulsory attendance,
child welfare code, teacher certification, university admission
standards, curfews, education tax credits, etc. We carefully analyze
these bills and continue to monitor their progress through the

Since you have subscribed to our E-lert service, you will receive
information on the legislation we are following. This will enable you
to contact your legislature, in a timely fashion, armed with accurate
information. Many bad bills have been killed and many good bills
passed during previous legislative sessions because of the rapid
response of homeschoolers!

We need you! Without your action on our E-lerts, we cannot
effectively preserve and expand our freedoms.

Last year, for example, we monitored, lobbied, and testified on
hundreds of bills including:

> A bill in Florida that would have exposed families to unnecessary
government intrusion

> Bills attempting to lighten the heavy regulatory burdens on
homeschoolers in New York and Pennsylvania

> An attempt in Ohio to impose more deadlines on homeschooling

This year will be no different. So what steps can you as a
homeschooling family take to be an active citizen?

> Get all your homeschooling friends to sign up for E-lerts as well.

> When a legislative alert comes up, participate by calling, writing,
or attending hearings. Legislators pay attention when there is a
large groundswell of support for or opposition to a bill.

> Visit the legislative map on HSLDA's website to keep
up to date on bills in your state.

> Pray that your legislators would have wisdom and courage this year
to do what's right rather than just what is politically expedient.

Very truly yours,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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