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2/10/2003 12:35:00 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Call Now! Homeschool Driver Instruction Bill in Jeopardy

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February 10, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Home School Legal Defense Association and Home Educators Association
of Virginia have been working to pass H.B. 2404 which would allow all
parents, not just homeschool parents, to teach the behind-the-wheel
portion of driver education. The Senate Committee on Education and
Health is to hear this bill within the next two hours!

Due to the amendment attached by the House opening up parent-taught
driver's education to all parents (not just homeschoolers), there has
been an estimated $2.7 million fiscal impact statement added to the
bill. During this time of budget shortfall in Virginia, no Senator
will now vote for this bill.

We are asking you to call the Senate committee members IMMEDIATELY to
remove the House amendment and then vote for H.B. 2404. By narrowing
the bill to its original intent allowing homeschoolers to teach their
children behind-the-wheel, the bill will have no fiscal impact.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call each committee member and give him this message: "Please
vote in favor of H.B. 2404 but without the House amendment. Vote to
give homeschool parents the choice to teach their children how to
drive."

The vote in committee is scheduled for 1:30 or 2:00 PM TODAY.

Committee members:

SEN. HARRY BLEVINS - 804-698-7514

SEN. JOHN EDWARDS - 804-698-7521

SEN. LOUISE LUCAS - 804-698-7518

SEN. FRED QUAYLE - 804-698-7513

SEN. BENJAMIN LAMBERT - 804-698-7509

SEN. EDWARD HOUCK - 804-698-7517

SEN. FRANK RUFF - 804-698-7515

SEN. JANET HOWELL - 804-698-7532

SEN. RICHARD SASLAW - 804- 698-7535

SEN. STEPEHN MARTIN - 804- 698-7511

SEN STEPHEN NEWMAN - 804- 698-7523

SEN. WILLIAM BOLLING - 804- 698-7504

SEN. WILLIAM MIMS - 804- 698-7533

BACKGROUND

H.B. 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, visit our web site at:

http://www.hslda.org/Legislation/State/va/2003/VAHB2404/default.asp

Home Educators Association of Virginia has also been working hard to
support this bill.

Thank you for standing for freedom.

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel


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