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6/18/2007 3:56:17 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon: Calls Needed on Compulsory Attendance Bill

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

June 18, 2007

Oregon: Calls Needed on Compulsory Attendance Bill

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

As you know, Senate Bill 392 has been sent to the House Elections,
Ethics and Rules Committee. This is the bill that we have been
fighting all this year that would lower the school attendance age in
Oregon from 7 to 6.

The goal of the Committee is to amend S.B. 392 in such a way to change
the minds of several of the representatives who have voted against the
bill. Now that the late session rules apply, only one hour notice is
required before a hearing can be called. Because of this compressed
time period, we may not have much notice of the specific language of
any proposed amendment. However, any amendment that does not keep the
compulsory attendance age at 7 is unacceptable.

We would like you to call and/or email your representative again and
let him or her know that any bill that lowers the compulsory
attendance age is unacceptable and must be defeated.

If your representative voted "no" earlier on the bill, thank him for
his opposition to the bill and explain that you are opposed to any
bill that would lower school attendance age. If your representative
voted "yes" for the bill, please urge him to reconsider his position
and oppose S.B. 392.

You don't need to repeat the following information word for word, but
please remind your representative that parents are in the best
position to determine when their children are ready for school. Inform
your representative that creating an exemption or "opt out" procedure
is not good enough. Any such procedure will require more work for
parents and could very well discourage them from making the right
decision to delay school attendance for their child.

While many children may be ready for school at 6, forcing children who
are not emotionally, physically, or psychologically ready for regular
school attendance at that age could affect them for the rest of their

Please urge your representative to oppose any version of Senate Bill
392 that lowers the compulsory attendance age to 6 regardless of what
any amendment claims to do.


1) Please call and/or email your state representative and tell him or
her in own words why you are opposed to lowering the compulsory
attendance age. Use the information above or your own personal
experience. Your message should end something like this:

"Please oppose Senate Bill 392 and any attempt to lower the compulsory
attendance age in Oregon. No amendment can protect a parent's
fundamental right to determine when their child is ready for school."

You do not need identify yourself as a homeschooler; instead you can
identify yourself as a concerned parent and constituent.

If you do not know who your representative is you can use HSLDA's
legislative toolbox at to identify your
state representative.

Oregon House Members

No votes--representatives who voted against lowering the compulsory
attendance age.

Rep. Jeff Barker (D) Phone: 503-986-1428 Email:
Rep. Vicki Berger (R) Phone: 503-986-1420 Email:
Rep. Deborah Boone (D) Phone: 503-986-1432 Email:
Rep. Brian Boquist (R) Phone: 503-986-1423 Email:
Rep. Scott Bruun (R) Phone: 503-986-1437 Email:
Rep. Chuck Burley (R) Phone: 503-986-1454 Email:
Rep. Kevin Cameron (R) Phone: 503-986-1419 Email:
Rep. Jean Cowan (D) Phone: 503-986-1410 Email:
Rep. John H Dallum (R) Phone: 503-986-1459 Email:
Rep. David Edwards (D) Phone: 503-986-1430 Email:
Rep. Sal Esquivel (R) Phone: 503-986-1406 Email:
Rep. Linda Flores (R) Phone: 503-986-1451 Email:
Rep. Bill Garrard (R) Phone: 503-986-1456 Email:
Rep. Sara Gelser (D) Phone: 503-986-1416 Email:
Rep. Vic Gilliam (R) Phone: 503-986-1418 Email:
Rep. George Gilman (R) Phone: 503-986-1455 Email:
Rep. Fred Girod (R) Phone: 503-986-1417 Email:
Rep. Bruce L Hanna (R) Phone: 503-986-1407 Email:
Rep. Bob Jenson (R) Phone: 503-986-1458 Email:
Rep. Wayne Krieger (R) Phone: 503-986-1401 Email:
Rep. Jerry Krummel (R) Phone: 503-986-1426 Email:
Rep. John Lim (R) Phone: 503-986-1450 Email:
Rep. Ron Maurer (R) Phone: 503-986-1403 Email:
Rep. Donna G Nelson (R) Phone: 503-986-1424 Email:
Rep. Andy Olson (R) Phone: 503-986-1415 Email:
Rep. Tobias Read (D) Phone: 503-986-1427 Email:
Rep. Dennis Richardson (R) Phone: 503-986-1404 Email:
Rep. Mike Schaufler (D) Phone: 503-986-1448 Email:
Rep. Wayne Scott (R) Phone: 503-986-1400 Email:
Rep. Greg Smith (R) Phone: 503-986-1457 Email:
Rep. Patti Smith (R) Phone: 503-986-1452 Email:
Rep. Gene Whisnant (R) Phone: 503-986-1453 Email:

Rep. Arnie Roblan (D) Phone: 503-986-1409 Email:
(Rep. Roblan voted "yes", then "no" after the bill failed in order to
get the bill reconsidered.)

Yes votes--representatives who voted in favor of lowering the
compulsory attendance age.

Rep. Phil Barnhart (D) Phone: 503-986-1411 Email:
Rep. E. Terry Beyer (D) Phone: 503-986-1412 Email:
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D) Phone: 503-986-1412 Email:
Rep. Peter Buckley (D) Phone: 503-986-1405 Email:
Rep. Brian Clem (D) Phone: 503-986-1421 Email:
Rep. Jackie Dingfelder (D) Phone: 503-986-1445 Email:
Rep. Chris Edwards (D) Phone: 503-986-1414 Email:
Rep. Larry Galizio (D) Phone: 503-986-1435 Email:
Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D) Phone: 503-986-1433 Email:
Rep. Paul Holvey (D) Phone: 503-986-1408 Email:
Rep. Dave Hunt (D) Phone: 503-986-1900 Email:
Rep. Betty Komp (D) Phone: 503-986-1422 Email:
Rep. Tina Kotek (D) Phone: 503-986-1444 Email:
Rep. Greg Macpherson (D) Phone: 503-986-1438 Email:
Rep. Jeff Merkley (D) Phone: 503-986-1200 Email:
Rep. Nancy Nathanson- (D) Phone: 503-986-1413 Email:
Rep. Mary Nolan (D) Phone: 503-986-1436 Email:
Rep. Chuck Riley (D) Phone: 503-986-1429 Email:
Rep. Diane Rosenbaum (D) Phone: 503-986-1442 Email:
Rep. Chip Shields (D) Phone: 503-986-1443 Email:
Rep. Carolyn Tomei (D) Phone: 503-986-1441 Email:
Rep. Brad Witt (D) Phone: 503-986-1431 Email:

Representatives who were not present for the earlier vote:

Rep. R. Tom Butler (R) Phone: 503-986-1460 Email:
Rep. Ben Cannon (D) Phone: 503-986-1446 Email:
Rep. Karen Minnis (R) Phone: 503-986-1449 Email:
Rep. Susan Morgan (R) Phone: 503-986-1402 Email:
Rep. Kim Thatcher (R) Phone: 503-986-1425 Email:

2) Please continue to pray that Senate Bill 392 would be defeated and
pass this email to anyone you believe would be concerned about this

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Thank you for your part in fighting for freedom in Oregon!


Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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