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5/19/2004 4:51:57 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Carolina--Committee Action on Driver's License Bill

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May 19, 2004


South Carolina--Committee Action on Driver's License Bill


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Good news! Yesterday both the K-12 Subcommittee of the House Committee
on Education and Public Works and the full Committee adopted
amendments to Senate Bill 988 removing language threatening to
homeschool students. Specifically, no longer does the bill require
that homeschool students be enrolled in a GED curriculum, only that
they be enrolled in a homeschool. There is to be no determination of
satisfactory academic progress by a student before a driver's license
is issued. Finally, the requirement of school enrollment was reduced
from age 18 to 17 to coincide with the already-existing compulsory
attendance age in South Carolina.

We are thankful for the changes to the bill which now goes to the full
House of Representatives for a vote. We expect that the House will
pass the bill in its current form.

The bad news is that even after the House adopts the favorable
amendments, the legislative process is not over. The bill must return
to the Senate for concurrence with the House action. The information
we have is that the Senate sponsors are going to fight to keep the
provisions requiring that students demonstrate satisfactory academic
progress before being issued a driver's license. When this time comes,
we will send out another E-lert asking you to contact your senators.

For more information on this legislation, go to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1573


Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel




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