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2/4/2008 5:09:24 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Legislative Update

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Virginia--Legislative Update

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Virginia Legislature is moving rapidly on many bills of interest
to homeschool families.

NEW ASSESSMENT OPTIONS

H.B. 1183. This bill, filed by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter at HSLDA's
request, will add new year-end assessments. It passed subcommittee
and committee last week and could come for a vote on the floor of the
House of Delegates any day. Please call your delegate!

LEARNER'S PERMIT-ATTENDANCE RED TAPE

H.B. 1540. HSLDA called the office of the sponsor, Del. J.H. Miller,
and explained that this was a bad bill because it manipulated
learner's permits to try to improve school attendance, and could lead
to a dramatic increase in red tape for homeschool families. The
delegate has proceeded with the bill nonetheless. We are watching to
see what action the House Transportation Subcommittee No. 3 takes on
this bill. A hearing is set for tomorrow.

TAX CREDITS

H.B. 420. Failed in committee. Would have provided tax credits for
homeschoolers of up to $2,000.

H.B. 1164. Passed House Finance Committee on a 13-7 vote, but the
House sent it back to committee. It is now in the House
Appropriations Committee, Elementary and Secondary Education
Subcommittee. This bill would create a tuition scholarship-tax credit
program that would help many students, including homeschoolers.

HPV VACCINATIONS

H.B. 188. During the national stampede last year to impose mandatory
immunization on girls for HPV (human papillomavirus--which can cause
sexually transmitted disease), new evidence suddenly emerged throwing
significant doubt on the claims the vaccine manufacturer had made.
Bills in states that had previously looked likely to pass either
failed to pass or were withdrawn. Virginia was the only state to
actually pass an HPV bill. H.B. 188 delays the effective date of last
year's bill so we can take more time to see if the vaccine's claims
are legitimate. The bill passed the House January 21 and has been
sent to the Senate. HSLDA supports this bill, although we do not
support mandatory HPV vaccinations.

HOMESCHOOL "OPTION" REVISION

H.B. 767. This bill makes some relatively minor changes to the
homeschool "options", i.e., what a family is required to show when
fling their notice of intent. This bill was drafted by the Department
of Education, with comments by HSLDA and the other state homeschool
organizations. While this bill was designed to solve administrative
issues the Department perceived, its effect will overall be positive
for homeschoolers. This bill passed the House on January 24 and has
been sent to the Senate.

NON-ATTORNEY SOCIAL SERVICES EMPLOYEES FILING LAWSUITS AGAINST PARENTS

H.B. 1382. Social services departments are chronic violators of the
constitutional rights of citizens, both parents and children, often
brazenly claiming that they are above the U.S. Constitution. This
bill will make it easier for them to violate citizens' rights by
allowing non-attorney employees to initiate court actions against
parents--including asking for a court order to take children out of
their home. While one of an attorney's roles is as an advocate for
his client, another important role is to uphold justice. Lawyers who
fall short can be disbarred. Because attorneys have been trained in
the law, they have a far more complete knowledge of justice. Allowing
non-attorney employees to file court actions against parents removes
an important level of protection against injustice. This bill has
passed House committee and will soon come for a vote on the floor of
the House of Delegates.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom.

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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