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5/4/2006 2:12:16 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--Religious Freedom Amendment Defeated

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May 3, 2006

Colorado--Religious Freedom Amendment Defeated

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Thank you for your calls and support for HCR 1007, the Religious
Freedom Amendment. This Amendment is needed in Colorado in order to
protect religious freedom. We believe religious freedom is one of the
bulwarks supporting your right to homeschool.

However, the legislature thought differently. On a party line vote,
the Committee members, Representatives Weissman, Ragsdale, Carroll,
Coleman, Gallegos, and Todd, all voted against the Religious Freedom
Act. Representatives Cadman, Crane, Liston, Schultheis, and Cloer all
voted in favor of religious freedom.

Representative Mark Cloer (a homeschool dad), sponsor of HCR 1007, did
a tremendous job, and we urge you to send him a thank you to the
following address:

Colorado State Capitol
200 East Colfax, Room 271
Denver, CO 80203

HSLDA Attorney Scott Somerville flew in to give testimony. He provided
the Committee with a thorough understanding of the Religious Freedom
Amendment and how it has been working in 13 other states where it has
already been adopted. Nevertheless, the vote had already been decided
before he even started. The Representatives committed to vote down the
resolution regardless of the overwhelming support for religious
freedom in Colorado.

We thank all of you who showed up at the hearing. The homeschoolers'
support was tremendous, and the children's behavior was impressive.

This battle for religious freedom in Colorado is not over. In fact, it
has only just begun. With some hard work and preparation for next
year, we believe that we will ultimately have the victory. Thank you
all again for your efforts to support religious freedom in Colorado.

Sincerely,


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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