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2/18/2005 6:13:48 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--Calls Needed to Protect Parent-Taught Driver's Education

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February 18, 2005


Colorado--Calls Needed to Protect Parent-Taught Driver's Education


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Calls are needed before February 24th to ensure passage of House Bill
1235, which will make it possible for your 15 year-old homeschooled
student to more easily obtain a driver's permit.

HB 1235 will require the Department of Revenue to allow you to use
parent-taught driver's education programs to complete a 4 hour
required course necessary for your 15 year-old to obtain a learner's
permit. The bill is scheduled to be heard by the House Transportation
and Energy Committee on Thursday, February 24th.

Last year a Colorado bill was passed into law that permitted teens to
obtain a learners permit at age 15 years 6 months if they enroll in a
"4-Hour Prequalification Driver Awareness Program" approved by the
Department of Revenue's Motor Vehicle Division. Teens can then
receive a full driver's license at age 16 years 6 months.

Unfortunately, the officials at the Department decided to change a
good law into a bad law. Despite assurances to homeschool leaders that
parent-taught driver's education programs would be approved to teach
the 4-hour prequalification course, the Department announced that only
one program (taught outside the home) is approved. The Department has
stated that the 4-hour required prequalification course CANNOT be
completed at home.

Wayne Tulley of the National Driver's Training Institute and Chris
Klicka of HSLDA met with the Department of Revenue in Denver for 2
hours last June, but the Department refused to change its policy. They
will not allow parent taught driver's education programs to teach the
4 hour prequalification course.

Therefore, Representative Lundberg introduced his bill to solve this
problem. HB 1235 will amend the law to clarify that parents can teach
their child the 4-hour prequalification drivers education course in
the home.

This bill will increase freedom for any parent who wishes to be
directly involved with their minor child's driving instruction.

The committee members need to hear from you now!


ACTION REQUESTED

Please call or email the members of the House Transportation and
Energy Committee and give them this message:

"Please vote yes on House Bill 1235. This bill will benefit families
and allow parents to be more involved in their child's drivers
training. This bill helps 15 year-olds be better drivers."

Representative Jack Pommer, Chairman
303-866-2780
E-mail: jack.pommer.house@state.co.us

Representative Liane McFadyen, Vice-Chair
303-866-2905
E-mail: McFadyen2002@hotmail.com

Representative Alice Borodkin
303-866-2910
E-mail: alice.borodkin.house@state.co.us

Representative Bill Cadman
303-866-5525
E-mail: bill.cadman.house@state.co.us

Representative Gwyn Green
303-866-2951
E-mail: gwyn.green.house@state.co.us

Representative Lynn Hefly
303-866-2924

Representative Matt Knoedler
303-866-2927
E-mail: matt.knoedler.house@state.co.us

Representative Mark Larson
303-866-2914
E-mail: marklarson@gobrainstorm.net

Representative Gary Lindstrom
303-866-2952
E-mail: gary.lindstrom.house@state.co.us

Representative Ann Ragsdale
303-866-2843
E-mail: ann.ragsdale.house@state.co.us

Representative Jim Welker
303-866-2947
E-mail: jim.welker.house@state.co.us


BACKGROUND

The legislative intent of the law passed last year allowed for ALL
driver education companies to create the new 4-hour prequalification
course, provided the Department approves their curriculum. Also, it is
very important to thousands of families in Colorado to be able to
complete the new 4-hour course from home via a manual, CD, or on-line
- instead of having to take the course in the setting of a public
classroom.

Wayne Tully of National Driver Training
Institute-NDTI (who testified and helped craft the language) and HSLDA
was assured by the House of Representatives, the State Senate, and
the Department that we would have several programs to choose from and
our teenagers would be able to complete the course from home.

In a letter dated June 7, 2004 (from Michael Tibbits, CDL Compliance
Manager for the Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Business Group),
Mr. Tibbits withdrew the prior approval of NDTI's 4-hour
prequalification course and approved only the 4-hour prequalification
course of the National Safety Council. This action is contrary to the
legislation enacted by the Colorado legislature and is arbitrary and
capricious.

It was also disclosed by M. Michael Cooke, Executive Director,
Department of Revenue that she would not allow home study or on-line
programs to be used for the 4-hour prequalification course. No reason
has been given for this denial.

What does this mean for you?

Today, if you choose to obtain a permit for your teen after age 15 and
6 months, and you do not want to or cannot pay for a full driver
education course, you must complete the 4-hour prequalification course
offered by the National Safety Council. You will not be allowed to
complete this program from your home and you must attend a public
classroom in order to complete the program.

For more information on House Bill 1017 and the Motor Vehicle
Division's interpretation please visit
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2126 .

Thank you for your willingness to be involved!

Sincerely,


Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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