From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


4/16/2004 2:39:51 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wyoming--Eternal Vigilance Required

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

April 16, 2004

Wyoming--Eternal Vigilance Required

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Thank you so much for your heroic efforts to keep the Wyoming
Legislature from passing a bad version of HB 88. I have received a
number of comments from legislators and legislative staff about the
phenomenal response of homeschooling families. Your zeal and
diligence made a difference for families in Wyoming. Now I need
families to rise in defense of liberty one more time.

On Friday, April 23, 2004, at 9:00 a.m., the "Child Representation
Subcommittee" of the Joint Judiciary Interim Committee will hold an
all-day meeting in the Hathaway Building in Cheyenne to "consider
issues relating to the legal representation of children, including
receiving testimony from interested parties." This meeting should
start to outline a year-long effort to draft new laws governing
children and families.

The Child Representation Subcommittee consists of Representatives
Simpson, Buchanan, Landon, and Olsen, and Senators Goodenough and
Hanes. The agenda starts with a background briefing by Donna Sheen
of the Department of Family Services, followed by a discussion by a
representative of the Colorado Office of Child Representation. Shari
Shink, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center
and 2001 American Bar Association "Child Advocate of the Year" (for
information click here: ), will then speak,
and then the subcommittee will spell out the issues to be considered
as the subcommittee does its work throughout the coming year. After
a lunch break, at 1:00 p.m., the public has the opportunity to
comment on the proceedings. The rest of the afternoon will be spent
discussing children's issues and potential legislation.

I need each homeschool family in the Cheyenne area to consider
whether they can give up a Friday to attend this meeting (for
directions, see the bottom of this message). You don't have to say
anything to make a difference-your mere presence makes a statement.
Well-behaved teens would be especially helpful. (Please do not bring
younger children with short attention spans: they tend to distract
and annoy legislators.) If enough families attend this meeting and
make their presence felt, Wyoming should be a good state for
families. But if citizens like you don't get involved, out-of-state
"child advocates" will determine the future of Wyoming families.


Scott Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

To Get to the Hathaway Building Auditorium:

From I-25 take exit 11 and turn east onto Randall Ave. This takes you
to Carey Ave, turn south (right) onto Carey Ave and then go to 24th
St. At 24th Street turn east (left) and go a short distance to
Capitol Ave. Turn south onto Capitol Avenue. The Hathaway Building
address is 2300 Capitol Ave.

From I-80 take Exit 362 and go north on Warren Ave. Continue north
on Warren Ave until you reach 24th Street. Take a left onto 24th
Street and then you will see Capitol Ave. Turn left (south) again
and you are at 2300 Capitol Ave - Hathaway Building.

Please note that parking is usually a major problem, so please arrive

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