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4/4/2005 12:10:30 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Montana--Calls Needed Today to Pass Driver Education Bill

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April 4, 2005


Montana--Calls Needed Today to Pass Driver Education Bill


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Montana's parent-taught driver education bill is making progress.
Thanks to your calls, House Bill 673 passed the third reading of the
House of Representatives on March 24. It is now in the Senate
Highways and Transportation Committee where it is scheduled for a
hearing tomorrow, April 5, at 3:00 PM. Your calls are needed to get
this bill through the Senate, too.

There are nine members of the Senate Highways and Transportation
Committee. Please take a few minutes to contact each one so the
Committee will understand the importance of this bill to
homeschoolers.

This bill would establish a way for parents to provide driver's
education as an acceptable alternative to obtaining the training
through the public school system. Students instructed by their parents
under the proposed law would be able to obtain a learning permit so
long as a parent meets certain requirements. This bill would not
prohibit parents from teaching their children how to drive, as they
are now entitled to do. It would empower parents to choose their own
curriculum and to provide the training now only offered through the
local school district.


ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please contact members of the Senate Highways and Transportation
Committee with this message:

"Please vote for House Bill 673 which would authorize parents to
conduct driver's education for their children. Many families in
Montana have to travel long distances to obtain the driver's education
in a public school, and some school districts will not permit
nonpublic or homeschool students to be enrolled in these programs."

There is no time to write a letter. Please call the members of the
Committee. They need to hear from you right away.

The members of the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee are as
follows:

Senator Gerald Pease, Chair

Senator Jerry Black
BLACKS@3RIVERS.NET

Senator John Brueggeman
SENATORJOHN@BRESNAN.NET

Senator Vicki Cocchiarella

Senator Sam Kitzenberg
SAM@KITZENBERG.NET

Senator Jesse Laslovich
JESSELAZ@YAHOO.COM

Senator Frank Smith
CLAIRENA@NEMONTEL.NET

Senator Donald Steinbeisser
DONSTEIN@MIDRIVERS.COM

Senator Dan Weinberg
DWEINBERG@CENTURYTEL.NET

You can call these Senators at (406) 444-4800.

2. Please forward this e-mail to every homeschooling family you know
who is not a member of HSLDA and urge them to contact the members of
the Committee.


REASONS WE SUPPORT HOUSE BILL 673

* This bill enables parents of students in a homeschool or nonpublic
school to conduct driver's education for their children. In doing so,
parents will have the flexibility to choose the best curriculum for
their children.

* This legislation provides higher standards than current driver's
education, ensuring that the student drives under the direct
supervision of a parent for ten hours per month for a minimum of six
months or 500 miles each month. The student must drive at least 60
hours or 3,000 miles during the training period, including urban areas
for at least 15 hours and during hours of darkness for at least six
hours.


BACKGROUND

There are many instances in Montana in which parents live a long
distance from where the driver's education program is being offered at
public schools. Presently there are still a few districts that are not
willing to permit homeschool students to participate in their training
programs. This bill would remove the considerable inconvenience
suffered by homeschooling families attempting to get driver's
education for their children and, for some families, would provide the
only reasonable means by which their children may obtain the required
instruction.

To review a copy of the bill text go to:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2202

Please contact members of the Committee today.

Sincerely,


Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel


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