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6/28/2007 3:15:21 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Maryland--Legislative Wrap-up

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Maryland--Legislative Wrap-up

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The brightest hope for homeschool families to get fair and equal
access to special education services, Senate Bill 116, came
agonizingly close to enactment before time ran out in the legislature.

Scott Somerville, former attorney for Home School Legal Defense
Association, gave the bill a powerful boost when he cleared up
misconceptions as he testified in the Senate Education, Health and
Environmental Affairs Committee. After the committee added a minor
amendment making it crystal clear that only federal money would be
spent on the program, committee members voted favorably on the bill by
a comfortable margin.

The full Senate then voted unanimously in favor of the bill. As the
bill passed to the House for action, however, time ran out. The
session ended before the House Ways and Means Committee could finish
its work.

We have asked the bill's sponsor, Sen. James D. Brochin, to introduce
the bill again in the coming session. We plan to work hard to finish
the work we have begun. It is not uncommon for a bill to make several
trips to the legislature before becoming law. The fact that this bill
came so close to enactment in its first year is a testament to the
work of many homeschool families who made calls to support it.

States all over the nation are letting citizens decide the vital issue
of how "marriage" should be defined. However, Senate Bill 564, a bill
to give Maryland voters the opportunity to amend the Maryland
Constitution to define marriage, failed to even make it out of
committee. Maryland citizens should demand the right to make this
decision for themselves.

HSLDA opposed a number of bills that would have raised the age of
compulsory school attendance. Homeschool families vigorously opposed
these efforts to expand government control over young people.
Thankfully, all of the bills failed to become law.

With the legislature closed, we can be grateful to God for protecting
us from the bills that would have eroded liberty, and we can pray that
next year will bring a legislative breakthrough for homeschool
students who need special education services.

Thank you for your continued support of HSLDA that allows the ministry
to continue. And thank you for all your efforts that made a difference
in the legislature this year.

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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