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3/5/2003 5:23:49 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--Calls Needed Immediately to Stop Harmful Child Abuse Bill

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March 5, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

We need your phone calls immediately to defeat a harmful child abuse
bill. A hearing on House Bill 1310 is scheduled to be considered
before the Colorado House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, March 6 at
1:30 PM.

H.B. 1310 will make a very broad definition of "mental abuse" a
felony. Since I work everyday with innocent homeschool families who
have been falsely accused of child abuse by anonymous tipsters, I
know this bill poses a very real threat.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call as many members of the House Judiciary Committee by 1:30
tomorrow and give them this message:

"Please vote against H.B. 1310 in committee. It has the potential of
exposing innocent families to felony child abuse charges."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

Members of the House Judiciary Committee

Representative Lynn Hefley, Chairman, 303-866-2924
Representative Matt Smith, Vice-Chairman, 303-866-3068
Representatives Laurie Clapp - 303-866-5510,
Terrance Carroll - 303-866-2909,
Richard Decker - 303-866-2946,
Cheri Jahn - 303-866-5522,
Joel Judd - 303-866-2925,
Alice Madden - 303-866-2915,
Andrew Romanoff - 303-866-2967,
Joe Stengel - 303-866-2953,
Don Lee - 303-866-2939, (You do not need to call Representative Lee
because we know he opposes the bill.)

BACKGROUND

H.B. 1310 makes it a felony if an individual "engages in conduct that
substantially impairs a child's intellectual or psychological
functioning or development or if such person engages in conduct that
carries a risk of substantially impairing a child's intellectual or
psychological functioning or development."

Almost any action by a parent could be interpreted to fit into this
broad definition.

Representative Hefley, the Chairwoman of the House Judiciary, is the
bill sponsor that will make it more difficult to defeat. Our hope is
that if it is not killed, your calls will persuade Represenaive
Hefley to work with us for an acceptable amendment.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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