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5/12/2006 3:39:58 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--Calls needed to strengthen parental rights

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
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Dear HSLDA members:

We have a tremendous opportunity to strengthen the rights of parents
who are being investigated by social workers. House Bill 587 has
passed both the New Hampshire House and Senate and will go to a
conference committee probably on Tuesday, May 16, 2006. This bill
requires social workers to tell families the allegations against them.

It is important that the conference committee add three provisions to
the bill. These provisions are described below and come from a bill,
House Bill 325, which has not passed the Senate.

These three provisions, together with the requirements of House Bill
587, create a package that will help restore fairness during social
worker investigations.

ACTION REQUESTED:

Senator Odell is a key member of the conference committee. This email
is only being sent to about 20 HSLDA members in his district.

Therefore, we need to you to call him to encourage him to support
placing the provisions of HB 325 in HB 587. This bill affects all
families, so it is not necessary to identify yourself as a
homeschooler.

Your message to Sen. Odell can be as simple as: "We would appreciate
it if you would support putting the provisions of HB 325 in the final
version of HB 587."

Senator Odell may be contacted at (603) 863-9797, or via email at
rpojr@aol.com.

BACKGROUND:

House Bill 325 establishes certain requirements for social workers to
follow while they are investigating a family. These standards allow
parents who are falsely accused to defend themselves better. These
three provisions are:

* Families are able to examine any evidence against them, as social
workers are required to file any evidence at least five business days
before a hearing;
* Families accused of abuse or neglect are allowed to have their child
evaluated by a physician of their choice; and
* Any interview of a child by the Department of Health and Human
Services is either videotaped or audio recorded.

These provisions are a significant means of ensuring fairness during
social worker investigations.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney
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