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2/13/2003 3:54:51 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wyoming--Dangerous Legislation Defeated

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February 13, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

HSLDA congratulates the vigilant homeschoolers of Wyoming, who are
three for three in their defense of liberty! On Friday, February 7,
the Wyoming House voted to defeat House Bill 201, which would have
made kindergarten compulsory. Although homeschoolers are a tiny
fraction of Wyoming's total population, they have proven that they
can make their voices heard in the legislature

All three of Senator Kathryn Sessions' bills died during this
legislative session. Senate File 110, which was a direct assault on
homeschool liberties, was never brought up for a vote. We thank
Senator Hank Coe, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, for
refusing to consider a bill that directly conflicted with federal
law. Senate File 109, which would have raised the penalties for
truancy from 25 dollars to 1,000 dollars, was defeated in the Senate
Education Committee by a vote of four to one. House Bill 201 passed
the House Education Committee with some dissenting votes, but was
killed on the House floor.

Senator Sessions has announced her intention to hold an "interim
study" to discuss her concerns about home education. Thus the
immediate threat has passed, but a the long-term danger remains.
HSLDA encourages all Wyoming homeschoolers to work together to
preserve homeschool freedom.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Join your local homeschool support group and state organization.
If you are not a member of Homeschoolers of Wyoming, visit their
website at www.homeschoolersofwy.org to find out more about this
organization.

2. If your local support group would like to be listed on HSLDA's
support group page, please contact us with the name of the support
group, the name and telephone number of a contact person, and the
principal county your support group serves. By listing support groups
on our page, we can make it easier for Wyoming homeschoolers to work
together.

3. Please send a thank-you letter or postcard to Senator Hank Coe and
your legislator if he or she voted favorably on these bills.

Very truly yours,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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