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1/18/2008 1:48:42 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Vermont--Bill Prohibits Parents from Accessing Their Children's Library Records

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January 18, 2008

Vermont--Bill Prohibits Parents from
Accessing Their Children's Library Records

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

A number of homeschoolers are concerned about Senate Bill 220, which
prohibits parents from accessing their children's library records,
unless the children are under 13 and the access is for the purpose of
collecting fines or overdue materials. Although this is not strictly
a homeschooling issue, Home School Legal Defense Association believes
that this bill would greatly impact its members because homeschoolers
typically rely heavily on public library resources.

The larger issue here, however, is the restriction of the parental
right to control a child's education and upbringing, which cannot be
protected merely by the defeat of Senate Bill 220. Rather, it
requires enacting a federal constitutional amendment. You can find
more information about this amendment at www.parentalrights.org.

Senate Bill 220 is currently being reviewed by the Senate Government
Operations Committee, which needs to hear your opinion of this
legislation.

ACTION REQUESTED

Email members (preferably this weekend) of the Senate Government
Operations Committee (listed below), and in your own words, give them
the following message:

"Please vote against Senate Bill 220. The bill inhibits my parental
right to direct my children's education and upbringing, a right
recognized and protected by the U.S. Supreme Court. S.B. 220 also
prevents me from fulfilling my responsibilities as my children's
primary educator."

Senate Committee on Government Operations

Sen. Jeanette White (D) of Windham District, Chair
jwhite@leg.state.vt.us

Sen. William Doyle (R) of Washington District, Vice-Chair
wdoyle@leg.state.vt.us

Sen. Claire Ayer (D) of Addison District
cayer@leg.state.vt.us

Sen. George Coppenrath (R) of Caledonia District, Clerk
gcoppenrath@leg.state.vt.us
george.coppenrath@gmail.com

Sen. Ed Flanagan (D) of Chittenden District
EFlanagan@leg.state.vt.us


BACKGROUND

You can read the text of Senate Bill 220 at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4658

The Vermont Library Association strongly supports Senate Bill 220, and
will be lobbying heavily for it -- see
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=4659


Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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