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2/4/2003 1:55:48 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Subject: Virginia--Legislative Update: Bad News, Good News

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February 4, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Last week HSLDA asked for your help on two Virginia bills. Below is
an update on this legislation.

BILL TO PROTECT PARENTS' DUE PROCESS RIGHTS WITHDRAWN

The sponsor of House Bill 2831, which would have required that there
be "clear and convincing" evidence to prove child abuse or neglect at
the administrative level, was withdrawn by the sponsor. Because of
this, the hearing we anticipated did not take place and there will be
no further action on the bill. From more information on this
legislation visit our web site at:
http://www.hslda.org/Legislation/State/va/2003/VAHB2831/default.asp

DRIVER EDUCATION VICTORY IN HOUSE, SENATE BATTLE LOOMS

Parent-taught driver education achieved a milestone on Saturday when
House Bill 2404 passed the House by a vote of 82 to 16. This bill
would allow all parents, not just homeschool parents, to teach the
behind-the-wheel portion of driver education. The bill now goes to
the Senate Transportation Committee and from there to the full
Senate. We are very close to a tremendous victory for the right of
parents with a good driving record to teach their own children how to
drive.

Action Requested

Please call your state senator and ask him or her to vote in favor of
HB 2404. Your message can be a simple as, "Please vote in favor of
HB 2404. It will allow parents to teach behind-the-wheel driver
education to their own children if they use a program approved by the
department of education." Remember that your senator may not be
familiar with the bill.

You can find the name and contact information for your senator in our
legislative toolbox at: www.hslda.org/toolbox.

Background

HB 2404 passed with strong bi-partisan support. Twenty-two Democrats
voted in favor of the bill. A handful of Republicans voted against
it.

Virginia law already allows homeschool parents to teach the classroom
portion of driver education. For additional background and reasons
to support the bill, please visit our web site at:
http://www.hslda.org/Legislation/State/va/2003/VAHB2404/default.asp .

Home Educators Association of Virginia also supports this bill and
has been working to make it law.

Thank you for standing with us for liberty!

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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