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3/30/2007 1:07:14 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Indiana: Calls Needed on Immunization Reporting For Pre-Teen Girls

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March 30, 2007

Indiana: Calls Needed on Immunization Reporting For Pre-Teen Girls

Dear HSLDA members and friends,

Yesterday the House defeated the Thompson amendment that was offered
for Senate Bill 327 to remove the language exempting those conducting
"home based instruction." As you will remember, Senate Bill 327 would
require schools to report whether girls age 11 to 12 have been
immunized against four types of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a
disease that is transmitted by sexual contact.

While Senate Bill 327 currently exempts homeschoolers from reporting
information on whether their daughters have received this
immunization, the real problem with the current bill is how it exempts
homeschoolers. Currently, homeschoolers operate as nonaccredited,
nonpublic schools under Indiana law.

If Senate Bill 327 passes it would be the first time under Indiana
statutes that the phrase "home based instruction" would be inserted.
This could begin a slippery slope to separate homeschools from other
nonaccredited, nonpublic schools and increase the risk of the
Legislature defining "home based instruction" in the future. We
believe it would be better to remove this language and instead exempt
all nonpublic schools (which automatically includes homeschoolers)
from this reporting requirement on the HPV vaccine.

After a final vote in the House, which could come as early as Monday,
Senate Bill 327 will be sent back to the Senate. Your calls and/or
emails are needed now 1) to inform your representatives that this bill
as currently worded harms homeschoolers and 2) urge your senator to
send the bill to conference committee so the bill can be amended to
remove the phrase "home based instruction." Please call now to help
keep homeschoolers free from future harm.

REQUESTED ACTION:

1) Please contact your own state representative and give him or her
this message in your own words:

"As currently worded Senate Bill 327 harms homeschoolers. The line
referring to 'home based instruction' should be removed and all
nonpublic schools should be exempt from reporting."

You can use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox to find the name and contact information
for your state representative. You can also contact the Indiana
Legislature at (317) 232-9600 or 1 (800) 382-9842 to leave a message
for your representative.


2) Please contact your own state senator and give him or her this
message in your own words:

"Please support sending Senate Bill 327 to Conference Committee. As it
is currently worded the bill harms homeschoolers. The line referring
to 'home based instruction' should be removed and all nonpublic
schools should be exempt from reporting."

You can use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox to find the name and contact information
for your state senator. You can also contact the Indiana Legislature
at (317) 232-9400 or 1 (800) 382-9467 to leave a message for your
senator.

3) It is particularly important that those of you in District 16 (part
of Forth Wayne) contact Senator David Long, the President Pro Tempore
of the Senate. He has shown himself friendly to homeschoolers in the
past. Urging Senator Long to support sending Senate Bill 327 to
Conference Committee is important. You can give him this message in
your own words:

"Please ensure that Senate Bill 327 is sent to Conference Committee.
As it is currently worded the bill harms homeschoolers. The line
referring to 'home based instruction' should be removed and all
nonpublic schools should be exempt from reporting. Thank you for your
support of homeschool families."

You can reach Senator Long at (317) 232-9400 or (800) 382-9467 and at
s16@in.gov .

BACKGROUND:

Please see http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/IN/default.asp for more
information about this issue.

Thank you for your time to make the call on behalf of freedom of
nonaccredited, nonpublic (home) schools in Indiana.

Sincerely,

Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney


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