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4/8/2003 3:32:26 PM
Home School Heartbeat
Louisiana--New Grandparents Rights Bill Will Hurt Family Freedom

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April 8, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Many homeschoolers have to deal with grandparents who disapprove of
their home education. Now a new bill in Louisiana would subsidize
grandparents who try to take custody away from their own children. We
need your help to stop this bill.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact each member of the House Judiciary Committee and urge
him or her to vote "No" on House Bill 935. Tell them, "Please vote
against HB 935. Don't make it easier for grandparents away to take
children away from loving parents."

House of Representatives phone number: 225-342-7263

House Judiciary Committee members:
Joseph F. Toomy, Chairman, larep085@legis.state.la.us
Robert J. "Robby" Carter, Vice Chair, webreps@legis.state.la.us
Thomas John Capella, webreps@legis.state.la.us
Carla Blanchard Dartez, larep51@legis.state.la.us
Robert R. "Bobby" Faucheux, Jr., webreps@legis.state.la.us
Richard "Rick" Gallot, Jr., larep011@legis.state.la.us
Alexander "Alex" Heaton, webreps@legis.state.la.us
Michael Jackson, larep061@legis.state.la.us
Cedric Richmond, webreps@legis.state.la.us
Errol "Romo" Romero, larep048@legis.state.la.us
Michael A. Walsworth, larep015@legis.state.la.us
Yvonne Welch, larep067@legis.state.la.us
Charlie DeWitt, webreps@legis.state.la.us
Emile "Peppi" Bruneau, larep094@legis.state.la.us

NOTE: If you choose to make contact by email, you MUST put the
Representative's full name as the subject line of your email.

BACKGROUND

HB 935 would subsidize grandparents who go to court to demand custody
or visitation. When grandparents disapprove of the way their children
are educating their grandchildren, they often go to court. HB 935
would make Louisiana pay fifty percent of the court costs for such
actions. This would constitute a crippling burden on parents who must
defend themselves in court.

We encourage all homeschoolers and other concerned parents to contact
the members of the House Judiciary Committee to insist on a better
solution to the problems of divorce.

Very truly yours,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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