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5/8/2008 2:22:19 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--More Calls Needed to Stop Restrictive Homeschool Bill

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May 8, 2008


New Hampshire--More Calls Needed to Stop Restrictive Homeschool Bill


Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Thank you for your calls, hearing attendance, letters, and emails. As
you know, the price of freedom is vigilance and effort. I know that
we have been asking for a lot of effort from you, but we cannot give
up now as we approach the full vote in the House!

The great news is that it appears Senate Bill 337 is losing some
momentum. On Tuesday, during the executive session, the Rous
amendment was rejected by a vote of 13 to 5, with many representatives
commenting that "homeschooling is not broken, let's stop trying to fix
it." The Carson amendment was then discussed and adopted by a vote of
13 to 5. After even more deliberation, the Education Committee voted
9 to 8 that SB 337 Ought to Pass with Amendment (OTP/A).

Though the bill has been transferred to the full House with a
recommendation to pass, the vote was close, and it is clear that some
committee members voted for it simply because of party loyalty. Some
even commented off the record that they now understand why SB 337 is
unnecessary.

As amended, SB 337 does NOT contain the curriculum requirement.
However, it does add notification deadlines to the homeschool law,
creates a study commission and adds members of the legislature to the
Home Education Advisory Council (HEAC). As we have asserted all
along, the current law does not need to be changed.

The task now is to convince the House to vote no on SB 337. The vote
is scheduled for next Wednesday, May 14th, so action is needed now.
It is important that the bill be voted Inexpedient to Legislate (ITL)
by the whole House so that it is stopped for good. If the House
passes SB 337, the bill will go to a conference committee where more
changes could be added.

ACTION REQUESTED

1) Call your representative and ask him/her to vote "ITL" on SB 337 on
May 14th. Tell them in your own words:
"The current law on homeschooling meets the state's interests and is
accepted by homeschoolers in New Hampshire. As a homeschooling
parent, I find the current law adequate. Furthermore, in following
the debate on the topic, the proponents of the bill have not been able
to articulate a clear need or problem that this bill addresses. The
system is not broken and doesn't need to be fixed. Please vote ITL on
SB 337."

2) Be prepared to attend a rally at the State House and the debate on
the floor of the House on May 14th.

For more information on Senate Bill 337, see
http://www.hslda.org/Legislation/State/nh/2008/NHSB337/default.asp


Thank you for outstanding efforts to preserve homeschooling freedom in
New Hampshire!


Very truly yours,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney




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