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3/29/2005 2:20:16 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--Calls Needed Immediately to Keep Homeschoolers Out of Immunization Tracking System

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March 29, 2005


Colorado--Calls Needed Immediately to Keep Homeschoolers Out of
Immunization Tracking System


Dear HSLDA members and friends,

We are still waiting for the House to vote on Senate Bill 87 and
Representatives are saying that they are not getting many calls. A
lack of calls gives the impression that homeschoolers do not care
about being part of the immunization tracking system.

Let's prove them wrong. Please call now.

Senate Bill 87 is on the fast track for passage through the
Legislature. This bill will make the existing Immunization Tracking
System (ITS) in Colorado more comprehensive and intrusive than ever
before.

This tracking system will aggressively monitor the vaccinations for
every child in Colorado. Although the current immunization tracking
system was established several years ago personal information was kept
strictly confidential. Parents also had the opportunity to "opt out"
from the system.

Unfortunately, S.B. 87 reverses this law and requires parents to be
contacted when their child is due or overdue for any mandated
vaccination. The ITS, when fully implemented, will be a permanent
tracking system of all children and their parents in Colorado. On a
party line vote in the House committee an amendment was defeated that
would have allowed parents to have all information about themselves
and their children completely removed from the database.

Although this bill has passed the Senate and the House committee on
Health and Human Services, the amendment to protect privacy could
still be added on the House floor.

Therefore, we need your calls today to your representative to ask him
to vote for the Cloer amendment, which will allow parents to "opt out"
of this database.


ACTION REQUESTED

Please call your state representative today and give him this message:

"Support the Cloer Amendment to Senate Bill 87. This amendment will
protect parental liberty and allow parents to decide if they want to
be part of an immunization tracking database."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

To contact your state representative, call the Capitol at 303-866-2904
or use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox

Remember, time is of the essence. S.B. 87 may be voted on in the House
at any time, so please call now.


BACKGROUND

For more information on immunizations, see our memorandum at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2222

Sincerely,


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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