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3/3/2006 4:16:33 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Utah--Victory on House Bill 148!

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March 3, 2006

Utah--Victory on House Bill 148!

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Great news from the legislature! Here is the news from state
homeschool leader Frank Mylar.

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H.B. 148 passed last night, with two minutes to spare in the session!
God worked incredibly.

I arrived at the capitol at about 7:00 p.m. with several copies of a
couple statutes in hand to counter utter lies propagated by the
homosexual agenda. They had a campaign of sending emails telling
Senators that they were grandparents and that H.B. 148 would take away
their rights.

I was able to get the statutes in hand to the Senate Sponsor Dave
Thomas which he read from on the floor a few minutes later. I further
was called in by Senator Waddoups and gave him copies of the statutes.
He invited me to come on to the Senate floor, which is not generally
allowed, so that I was able to provide information directly to the
Senators and to the House Sponsor, LaVar Christensen to counter the
lies. The opposition argued lie after lie. A homosexual Senator
offered an amendment which I could see as not only making the bill
worthless, but would have set up a constitutional attack on our
marriage amendment. Thankfully that substitute was voted down. To
please a couple of Senators, however, we added an express exclusion of
the statute for grandparents. This, however, meant it had to go to
the House again on their concurrence calendar.

One Senator almost killed the bill by circling it because the debate
was taking up too much time, but the Senate Pres. Valentine at that
point stated, "I don't see anyone else rising to argument, let's just
go to summation on the bill." He said this so quickly there was no
time for the opposition to stall the matter with more argument.

As the votes were given by a voice roll-call a couple of Senators were
not present and one passed on his vote and the total was dead even at
12 to 12 and the Pres. broke the tie in our favor and then two other
GOP Senators threw their votes for the bill. I just kept praying
during the entire voting process.

The bill then went to the House concurrence calendar for a quick vote.

However, the computers crashed and with just two minutes left in the
2006 session, LaVar Christensen read the bill and got the House
members to vote. As with their initial vote, ALL House GOP members
voted for the bill making it pass, just in time.

God was truly at work! Thank you for your prayers and support.

In His Service,

Frank Mylar
John 15:5

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We would also like to add our thanks to you for your phone calls and
emails. They made a difference!


Sincerely,


Scott Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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