From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


1/30/2006 11:03:17 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Indiana--Possible Vote Tomorrow on Daytime Curfew Bill

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

Today may be the last day to contact your representative before they
vote on House Bill 1347, a bill that would make it a crime for a young
person to be out in public or drive a car during public school hours.
It is scheduled for a second reading today, after which the full House
could vote on Tuesday, January 31.

The Indiana Association of Home Educators is also fighting this bill.

Action Requested:

Please call your representative today! Give him this message: "Please
vote 'No' on H.B. 1347, which creates a daytime curfew. Daytime
curfews take away freedom and create an atmosphere of fear, but
studies show they do not lower juvenile crime."

Use our legislative toolbox at to get
contact information for your representative.


1. The correct bill number is H.B. 1347. You may have seen the bill
referred to erroneously by another number.

2. Daytime curfews do not deter juvenile crime. A recent California
study compared the juvenile crime rates of counties that enforced
curfew ordinances and counties that did not.
The crime rates were the same. The curfews had no effect on juvenile

3. H.B. 1347 allows some exceptions. Unfortunately, the only way for
a policeman to determine if an exception applies is to stop and
interrogate the frightened young person. By then the damage has
already been done. The child may be afraid to go outdoors again. The
right to homeschool includes the right to be free from
fear--especially young people, who are most vulnerable to feelings of

4. H.B. 1347 deals with many topics aside from daytime curfews. The
curfew provisions are contained in Sections 1 (prohibiting driving
during public school hours) and 12 & 13 (prohibiting being in public
during public school hours) of the bill.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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