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1/29/2004 4:04:46 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Ohio--Update: SB 100 - Requiring Pastors to Report Child Abuse

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January 29, 2004

Dear Ohio HSLDA members and friends:

Thank you so much for your calls and e-mails concerning SB 100, which
would require pastors to report any suspicions of child abuse. This
bill was heard before the Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday,
January 27. Each member of the committee, whether Democrat or
Republican, clearly indicated their concerns about this bill.
Senator Spada, the sponsor of SB 100, was quite surprised at how
troubled the legislators were at the thought of turning pastors into
the agents of the state.

We are continuing to monitor this bill very closely. It did pass the
Senate by a vote of 32 to 1, and there are still influential people
who would like to see some form of legislation pass. HSLDA has no
objection to a bill that would deal with actual sexual abuse by
priests or pastors, but we continue to oppose any legislation that
would threaten the confidentiality of church communications.


Sincerely,

Scott Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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