From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


4/10/2003 11:23:44 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Louisiana--Mandatory Reporting Bill Must Be Opposed

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

April 10, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Louisiana has introduced a bill that would make all citizens
mandatory reporters of child abuse or neglect, and would force
pastors and priests to report the confidential confessions of their
parishioners. House Bill 1341 must be stopped.


Please contact each member of the House Committee on Administration
of Criminal Justice. Urge them to vote "No" on House Bill 1341. Tell
them, "This bill goes too far. Parents need to be able to confess
their struggles to their own pastors. Don't make pastors mandatory
reporters of abuse!"

House of Representatives phone number: 225-342-7263

House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee members:
Daniel R. Martiny, Chairman
Alexander "Alex" Heaton, Vice Chairman
Damon J. Baldone
Beverly G. Bruce
Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr.
Emma Devillier
Rick Farrar
Kenneth Eric LaFleur
Arthur A. Morrell
Errol "Romo" Romero
Ernest D. Wooton
Charlie DeWitt
Emile "Peppi" Bruneau

NOTE: If you choose to make contact by e-mail, you must put the
Representative's full name as the subject line of your e-mail.


House Bill 1341 would dramatically expand Louisiana's child abuse
reporting system. Under current law, certain professionals who work
with children are "mandatory reporters," which means they must inform
social workers of any reasonable suspicions of abuse or neglect. This
bill would make every person a mandatory reporter, subject to
liability for failing to report any "reasonable suspicion." Even
pastors or priests, who hear a parent's specific confession of
struggles in their home, would be required to immediately turn that
parent over to social workers for "treatment." This is unacceptable:
parents must be able to confide in their own pastors, especially when
there are struggles in the home. We need your help to stop this bill.

Very truly yours,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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