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2/10/2006 12:35:40 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Hawaii--Your Calls are Making the Difference!

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February 10, 2006

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Due to your calls and emails one of the mandatory kindergarten bills
has been defeated!

On Wednesday the Education and Military Affairs Committee in the
Senate voted 3 to 1 to have Senate Bill 2186 "held." This action by
the committee will ensure that this bill is not sent to the entire
Senate for consideration.

While this is a significant victory we must not rest until all of the
bills have been defeated.

Please continue to contact the various committee members below and
urge them to defeat the remaining bills. If you have already called
all members then please email, if you have emailed please consider
calling.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please call or email the House Education Committee members listed
below and give them this message:

"Please ensure that House Bills 2088, 2089 and 2139 are defeated.
Lowering the compulsory school attendance age from 6 to 5 and making
kindergarten mandatory takes away the right of parents to decide
whether their children are ready for school and would only waste
taxpayers' money. "

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler, instead you can identify
yourself as a concerned parent and taxpayer.

House Education Committee Members

Committee Chairman:
Representative Roy M. Takumi
Phone 808-586-6170
E-mail reptakumi@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Vice Chairman:
Representative Lyla B. Berg, PH.D.
Phone 808-586-6510
email repberg@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Dennis A. Arakaki
Phone 808-586-6050
E-mail reparakaki@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Rida T.R. Cabanilla
Phone 808-586-6080
E-mail repcabanilla@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Jerry L. Chang
Phone 808-586-6120
From the Big Island,
toll free 974-4000 + 66120
e-mail repchang@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Corinne W.L. Ching
Phone 808-586-9415
E-mail repching@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Lynn Finnegan
Phone 808-586-9470
E-mail repfinnegan@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Josh Green, M.D.
Phone 808-586-9605
From the Big Island,
toll free 974-4000 + 69605
E-mail repgreen@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Helene H. Hale
Phone 808-586-6530
From the Big Island,
toll free 974-4000 + 66530
E-mail rephale@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Bev Harbin
Phone 808-586-6180
E-mail repharbin@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Michael Puamamo Kahikina
Phone 808-586-8465
E-mail repkahikina@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Maile S. L. Shimabukuro
Phone 808-586-8460
E-mail repshimabukuro@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Representative Tommy Waters
Phone 808-586-9450
E-mail repwaters@Capitol.hawaii.gov

2) Please call or email the Senate Education and Military Affairs
Committee members listed below to give them this message:

"Thank you for defeating Senate Bill 2186. Please ensure that Senate
Bill 2888 is also defeated.

Lowering the compulsory school attendance age from 6 to 5 and making
kindergarten mandatory takes away the right of parents to decide
whether their children are ready for school and would only waste
taxpayers' money."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler, instead you can identify
yourself as a concerned parent and taxpayer.

Senate Education and Military Affairs Committee Members

Chairman
Senator Norman Sakamoto
Phone: 808-586-8585
E-mail: sensakamoto@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Vice-Chairman
Senator Gary L. Hooser
Phone: 808-586-6030
From Kauai, toll free 274-3141 + 66030
E-mail: senhooser@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland
Phone: 808-586-6130
E-mail: senchunoakland@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Clarence K. Nishihara
Phone: 808-586-6970
E-mail: sennishihara@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Shan S. Tsutsui
Phone: 808-586-7344
From Maui, toll free 984-2400 + 67344
E-mail: sentsutsui@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Senator Bob Hogue
Phone: 808-587-7215
E-mail: senhogue@Capitol.hawaii.gov

BACKGROUND:

Senate Bill 2186 was defeated with a 3 to 1 vote. The Chairman,
Senator Sakamoto, and the Vice-Chairman, Senator Hooser, voted to
defeat the bill along with Senator Nishihara. The only vote in favor
of the bill was Senator Chun Oakland, who was also the main sponsor of
the bill. Senators Tsutsui and Hogue were excused from the vote.

All of the remaining bills are active. Currently there are three bills
in the House--H.B. 2088, H.B. 2089, and H.B. 2139--and one bill in the
Senate--S.B. 2888.

While House Bill 2089 has been deferred by the committee this is not a
complete victory. If the committee simply defers a bill our
understanding is that it can be reconsidered at any time. H.B. 2089
and the remaining bills must be completely defeated before this issue
is dead.

For more information on these bills online see
http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/HI/default.asp .

For more information on compulsory attendance, please see our
memorandum at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=1421 .

If you are not yet a member of HSLDA and would like to help us fight
for greater homeschool freedom in Hawaii please visit
http://www.hslda.org/join/apply.asp . Join or renew online between now

and March 18 and you can save up to an additional $30 off membership.

Thank you for your part in fighting for freedom in Hawaii.

Sincerely,

Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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