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2/23/2004 4:31:29 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wyoming-Your calls worked! HB 88 is being amended

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February 23, 2004


Wyoming-Your calls worked! HB 88 is being amended


Dear HSLDA members and families:

Last week HSLDA's amendment requiring all social workers in Wyoming
to be specifically trained in their duty to protect the
constitutional and statutory rights of individuals was defeated in a
vote of the full House. Because this bill lacked the crucial
protection for innocent families under investigation, Rep. Bob
Brechtel worked out a new strategy to kill the entire bill.

In response to our alert, hundreds of homeschoolers called the state
House of Representatives to kill the bill. This got the attention of
Rep. Colin Simpson and he was willing to negotiate with HSLDA in
regard to a possible amendment to HB 88. After negotiations over the
weekend with HSLDA senior counsel Chris Klicka, Rep. Simpson finally
agreed to HSLDA's amendments, which require social workers to be
specifically trained in their duty to protect the constitutional and
statutory rights of families and to tell the allegations to the
families at the initial contact.

As a result, please discontinue your calls in opposition of HB 88.
We are now supporting HB 88 because of Rep. Simpson's promise to make
certain our two amendments are included before the House today.


Sincerely,

Scott Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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