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3/18/2004 6:13:00 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland -- Victory on SB 345!

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
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March 18, 2004

Maryland -- Victory on SB 345!

Dear Maryland HSLDA Members and Friends,

Your calls and testimony were effective! SB 345 was killed in
committee today. It would have treated truancy like child abuse and
subjected home school families to social services investigations for
minor alleged infractions of the home school regulations.

During last week's hearing, the principal sponsor said she had
received hundreds of phone calls from homeschoolers. She claimed,
incorrectly, that the bill would not affect homeschoolers. Many
representatives of so-called "child advocate" organizations testified
about how the bill would help in early detection and prevention of
child abuse.

Many homeschoolers testified against the bill, including Scott
Woodruff for HSLDA and Karen Apple on behalf of Christian Home
Educators Network.

One of the sponsors of the bill was the chairman of the committee.
Since committee chairmen have tremendous influence, this could have
been a significant problem regarding the bill. However, one member of
the committee announced during the hearing that she herself was a
homeschool mom, giving our cause an unexpected boost.

This tremendous victory protects homeschoolers from becoming targets
of inappropriate social services investigations, and allows social
workers to focus their efforts where they are truly needed.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Sincerely yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.


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