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2/20/2007 4:15:58 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Montana--Committee Victory and Action Alert

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February 20, 2007

Montana--Committee Victory and Action Alert

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Montana homeschoolers received a resounding victory in the Senate
Education Committee on Monday when the bill requiring public school
registration of homeschool students was tabled. The vote to table
Senate Bill 458 was 8-1, with the only opposing vote cast by the
bill's sponsor, Senator Don Ryan.

Hundreds of homeschoolers packed the Capitol to demonstrate their
opposition to this threatening legislation. Congratulations to all of
you on such an effective lobbying effort!

Unfortunately, Senator Ryan is not giving up. He stated at the hearing
that he is going to try to by-pass the ruling of the Committee by
asking the full Senate to "blast" the bill from the committee. This
means that the Senate may vote to override the committee's decision to
table the bill. It will require more than a simple majority of
senators to accomplish this, 30 out of 50 senators voting to override
the committee's decision. Please contact your state senator TODAY to
stop this legislative maneuvering!

REQUESTED ACTION:

1. Please contact your state senator with this message:

"Please vote against Senator Ryan's motion to blast Senate Bill 458
from the Education Committee. Besides Senator Ryan, the bill had no
supporters at the committee hearing. This bill would effectively
destroy homeschooling in Montana by turning homeschool students into
public school students with all of the attendant state control. It
would also unfairly entitle local school districts to receive state
funds for homeschool students in the same amounts as for regular
public school students, even though the school districts provided no
services to the homeschool students"

To find the name of your state senator, use HSLDA's Legislative
Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=2055.

You may also call any state senator at (406) 444-4800.

2. Please forward this email to every homeschooling family you know
who is not a member of HSLDA and urge them to contact their own state
senator.

To view the text of Senate Bill 458, please visit
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=3763
Information about the current status of proceedings regarding this
bill can be found at www.mtche.org. and www.badbills.com.

Please contact your senator TODAY!

Sincerely,


Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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