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7/1/2005 4:31:00 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New York--Update - Legislature Closes

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July 1, 2005

New York--Update - Legislature Closes

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

On Friday the New York regular legislative session ended. We are
thankful that no legislation that would have negatively impacted
homeschool families passed this session.

Senate Bill 83 and its companion Assembly Bill 5008 was one harmful
piece of legislation that HSLDA followed. If passed, these bills
would have required any person under age 18 to have a "certificate of
good attendance" in school in order to have a drivers license or
learners permit. Neither of these bills made any progress after being
introduced.

While no harmful legislation to homeschoolers made it through the
legislature, no legislation favorable to homeschoolers made much
progress either.

The Home School Freedom Bill, Senate Bill 3641, was advanced to the
third reading in the Senate but was amended on the Senate floor. These
amendments no longer made the bill acceptable to Loving Education At
Home (LEAH) and HSLDA so we instructed the sponsor to remove it from
the active calendar, which prevented a vote on the bill.

HSLDA continues to work with LEAH to pursue all avenues to gain more
freedom for homeschool families in New York. While the New York
legislature has been called the most "dysfunctional" legislature in
the country by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University's
School of Law we know that through prayer and perseverance freedom for
homeschool families will ultimately prevail.

We will be back next session to work once again to expand freedom for
New York homeschoolers.


Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney
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