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5/25/2005 2:34:44 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon - Update - Bill Passes with Wider Margin!

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May 25, 2005


Oregon - Update - Bill Passes with Wider Margin!

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Thank you for all your calls. The Oregon Home Education Equity Bill
passed the House yesterday by a vote of 37 to 22. This margin of
victory is even greater than the vote last session when it passed 34
to 25. Without your calls this would not have been possible!

Through the efforts of homeschool constituents two Democrat
Representatives, Rep. Barker and Rep. Wirth, changed their minds and
voted for the bill. In fact, both spoke in favor of the bill during
the vote.

Your calls also had an important impact on the Representatives elected
this past year. Of the 16 newly elected Representatives, 9 voted in
favor of the bill.

House Bill 2733 will now move to the Senate for the initial hearing
and then it will likely be assigned to a committee. We will keep you
updated on these developments. Be prepared to help finish what has
been started - greater freedom for homeschool families in Oregon.


ACTION REQUESTED:

If your State Representative voted in favor of House Bill 2733 please
send them a short email thanking them for their support.

37 Representatives who voted for House Bill 2733

Democrats:
Representative Avakian rep.bradavakian@state.or.us
Representative Barker rep.jeffbarker@state.or.us
Representative Boone rep.deborahboone@state.or.us
Representative Galizio rep.larrygalizio@state.or.us
Representative Hass rep.markhass@state.or.us
Representative Wirth rep.kelleywirth@state.or.us

Republicans:
Representative Anderson rep.robertackerman@state.or.us
Representative Berger rep.vickiberger@state.or.us
Representative Boquist rep.brianboquist@state.or.us
Representative Brown rep.alanbrown@state.or.us
Representative Bruun rep.scottbruun@state.or.us
Representative Burley rep.chuckburley@state.or.us
Representative Butler rep.tombutler@state.or.us
Representative Cameron rep.kevincameron@state.or.us
Representative Dallum rep.johndallum@state.or.us
Representative Dalto rep.billydalto@state.or.us
Representative Esquival rep.salesquivel@state.or.us
Representative Farr rep.debifarr@state.or.us
Representative Flores rep.lindaflores@state.or.us
Representative Garrard rep.billgarrard@state.or.us
Representative Gilman rep.georgegilman@state.or.us
Representative Hanna rep.brucehanna@state.or.us
Representative Kitts rep.derrickkitts@state.or.us
Representative Krieger rep.waynekrieger@state.or.us
Representative Kropf rep.jeffkropf@state.or.us
Representative Krummel rep.jerrykrummel@state.or.us
Representative Minnis rep.karenminnis@state.or.us
Representative Morgan rep.susanmorgan@state.or.us
Representative Nelson rep.donnanelson@state.or.us
Representative Olson rep.andyolson@state.or.us
Representative Richardson rep.dennisrichardson@state.or.us
Representative Scott rep.waynescott@state.or.us
Representative Greg Smith rep.gregsmith@state.or.us
Representative Patti Smith rep.pattismith@state.or.us
Representative Sumner rep.macsumner@state.or.us
Representative Thatcher rep.kimthatcher@state.or.us
Representative Whisnant rep.genewhisnant@state.or.us


BACKGROUND:

HSLDA is grateful to OCEANetwork and OHEN for their hard work and
involvement on the ground to pass the Home Education Equity Bill.
State organizations are vital to ensure a strong homeschool presence.

Oregon first enacted a homeschool law in 1985, approximately 20 years
ago. Since that time, numerous efforts have been made to enact
amendments providing more freedom to parents. The most recent change
in the law occurred in 1999 when significant progress was made in
reducing state oversight of homeschooling. House Bill 2733 represents
a continuation of legislative efforts to gain more freedom for
parents.

If House Bill 2733 is enacted, Oregon will join a growing majority of
states requiring no standardized testing of homeschooled students.
Furthermore, as currently written, parents will not be required to
even notify public school officials of their decision to conduct home
instruction. While the bill may be amended in the Senate to keep the
one time notification requirement, Oregon has the potential through
this legislation to go from a state with an average homeschool law to
a state with a great homeschool law.

To see more information on this and other bills HSLDA is monitoring in
Oregon, visit our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2341

To become a member of HSLDA and help us fight for homeschool freedom
in Oregon please visit http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2342 . Thank
you for your support.

Sincerely,


Thomas J. Schmidt, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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