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4/22/2003 10:44:37 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois--Legislation Would Make Reporting Child Abuse Falsely a Crime

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
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April 22, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Many homeschoolers are routinely subjected to social worker
investigations based on completely false allegations. Often such
false tipsters face insignificant or no consequences. We now have a
rare opportunity to help push through a bill that will curtail the
rash of false tips phoned into child abuse hotlines.

House Bill 2902, sponsored by Representative Pihos, the "Abused and
Neglected Child Reporting Act" has passed the House and is presently
sitting in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

We need your calls to help keep up the momentum so that this bill
becomes law.

REQUESTED ACTION

Please call as many members of the Senate Judiciary Committee as
possible and give them this message:

"Please vote for House Bill 2902. It will protect the innocent and
help stop the abuse of the child welfare system."

There is no need to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

Senate Judiciary Committee:

Co-Chairperson: Sen. John J. Cullerton, (217) 782 7260
Co-Chairperson: Sen. Kirk W. Dillard, (217) 782 8148
Vice Chairperson: Sen. Don Harmon, (217) 782 8176
Sen. James F. Clayborne, Jr., (217) 782 5399
Sen. William R. Haine, (217) 782 5247
Sen. Barack Obama, (217) 782 5338
Sen. Ira I. Silverstein, (217) 782 5500
Sen. Edward Petka, (217) 782 0422
Sen. Peter J. Roskam, (217) 782 8022
Sen. Richard J. Winkel, Jr., (217) 782 2507

BACKGROUND

H.B. 2902 amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act and the
Criminal Code of 1961. It provides that a person is guilty of a Class
4 felony if he or she knowingly transmits a false report of child
abuse or neglect to the Department of Child and Family Services.

"Any person who knowingly transmits a false report to the Department
commits the offense of disorderly conduct under subsection (a)(7) of
Section 26 1 of the 'Criminal Code of 1961.'

"Any person who violates this provision a second or subsequent time
shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony."

Thank you for your calls!

Sincerely,

Christopher Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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