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7/20/2007 12:10:15 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado: Legislative Wrap-Up

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July 20, 2007

Colorado: Legislative Wrap-Up

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

This year the Colorado legislature closed on May 9. Even though the
House, Senate, and Governorship all transferred to Democratic
leadership, homeschool freedom survived.

During this session, we tracked many bills and kept very busy. One of
the most positive developments was passage of House Joint Resolution
1035, which recognized April 13, 2007, as Home Education Day in
Colorado.

This resolution was especially exciting because the Christian Home
Educators of Colorado held a rally on the steps of the capitol April
13 to commemorate the special day. At the last minute, the weather
threatened to cancel the event, but a miracle intervened. God averted
a blizzard, and legislators saw 1,500 people attend the rally to
celebrate homeschool freedoms.

We also fought S.B. 80, which would have required female students to
receive the new HPV vaccination. This vaccine seeks to prevent the
four specific types of HPV (6, 11, 16, and 18) which are responsible
for 70% of cervical cancers and 90% of genital warts. There is
currently no cure for these sexually transmitted viruses. Even the
Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control admit
the only "cure" is abstinence before marriage and a monogamous
relationship during marriage. Believing that this type of requirement
should be left up to parents, we asked you to act, and you did! Thank
you for your calls. This bill was stopped before it got out of the
Senate committee.

Lastly, the other bill which we closely monitored was S.B. 16, which
lowered the compulsory school attendance age from 7 to 6 but included
a homeschool exception. Your lobbying efforts of last year to oppose
the expansion of compulsory attendance made legislators very willing
to keep the homeschool exemption in this year. Treon Goossen with
Concerned Parents of Colorado has been a strong, articulate voice for
homeschoolers at the capitol. She testified at committee hearings, and
made sure that the homeschool exception remained intact. S.B. 16
passed both the Senate and the House with the homeschool exemption in
place, and was then signed by Governor Bill Ritter.

After S.B. 16, the compulsory attendance age as of July 2008 will be
from age 6 to 17. However, for those families operating under the
homeschool statute, the compulsory attendance age will remain just 7
to 16.

We are grateful for your vigilance and involvement to support parental
rights in Colorado and keep your ability to homeschool your children
free from unreasonable governmental interference.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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