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2/25/2003 12:33:01 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Parent-taught Driver's Ed Bill Goes to Governor

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February 25, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Soon homeschool parents will be able to teach their children how to
drive--from classroom instruction to behind the wheel!

February 20 was a tumultuous but victorious day for parent taught
driver education in Virginia. During a whirlwind meeting of the
Senate Transportation Committee, numerous amendments were proposed,
but all the harmful ones were defeated. House Bill 2404 subsequently
passed the full Senate and House.

Phone calls pouring in from homeschool families were a major factor
in the overwhelming margin of victory: 33 in favor and 6 against in
the Senate and 63 in favor and 33 against in the House. Your voice
was heard!

Thank you for your willingness to sacrifice your time to make a call.
You made the difference.

ACTION REQUESTED

If your delegate or senator voted in favor of final passage, you may
want to send her or him a short email. In order to find your
senator's and delegate's email use our legislative tool box at:
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox

The following links show how each lawmaker voted:

http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi bin/legp504.exe?031+vot+HV1830+HB2404
(for senators)

http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi bin/legp504.exe?031+vot+SV0804+HB2404
(for delegates)

BACKGROUND

House Bill 2404 allows parents of students who meet the requirements
for home instruction under the homeschool statute or the religious
exemption statute to teach the behind-the-wheel portion of driver's
education. (Parents with certain driving demerits or convictions
would not be allowed). The Department of Education is to approve
specific programs.

For the full text of the bill, not including the amendments, go to:
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi bin/legp504.exe?031+ful+HB2404EH1

For the amendments, go to:
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi bin/legp504.exe?031+amd+HB2404ASE

Two years ago, HSLDA drafted the current law to secure the right of
parents to teach the classroom portion of driver training. The
Department of Motor Vehicles Director did not want to endorse parent
taught behind the wheel until the classroom portion was tested for a
few years.

The Home Education Association of Virginia and HSLDA tried again this
year and God has blessed the efforts of homeschooled families by
allowing this bill to pass. Homeschool parents now have the right to
teach both classroom and behind-the-wheel driver training.

For more background information on this bill visit our web site at:
http://www.hslda.org/Legislation/State/va/2003/VAHB2404/default.asp

A special thanks to Delegate Glenn Oder who was the chief patron of
the bill and worked very hard to obtain passage. Senators Ken
Cuccinelli, Marty Williams, and Steven Newman were crucial in
obtaining passage of the bill in the Senate.

We will continue to follow HB 2404 as it goes to the Governor for
signature. Thank you again for your calls.

Very truly yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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