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6/17/2008 4:20:08 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire--Legislative Wrap-Up

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New Hampshire--Legislative Wrap-Up

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The New Hampshire Legislature has adjourned for the year. Throughout
the Legislature's 2008 session, Home School Legal Defense Association
and the Christian Home Educators of New Hampshire (CheNH) tracked
several bills. The subjects of those bills included most notably
House Bill 1161 ("changes in the definition of truancy") and Senate
Bill 337 ("modifications to home education law"). House Bill 1161 was
assigned to a study committee.

Senate Bill 337 was the subject of much activity this year. It was
passed by the House as amended in the House Education Committee. The
new law does two things to homeschoolers in New Hampshire. New
homeschoolers must now notify the participating agency within five
days of commencing homeschool program. Continuing homeschoolers must
notify their participating agency before the first day of school in
their residence school district. The bill also adds legislators to
the home education advisory council, which it is hoped will provide
better communication between homeschoolers and the New Hampshire
legislature in the future.

At the beginning of legislative session, S.B. 337 started as a much
more threatening bill. It is only because of the hard work and
dedication of hundreds of New Hampshire's homeschoolers and homeschool
groups that S.B. 337 passed the House with as little restrictions on
homeschoolers as it did. I would also like to thank members of the
New Hampshire House Education Committee for their courtesy and
willingness to invest the time and energy into understanding the
concerns of New Hampshire homeschoolers. This bill required much more
work than an average bill in the New Hampshire Legislature because of
the interest in the legislation on the part of the homeschool
community. And I wish to commend committee members for their time and
effort and for the final results of the amended bill, which passed the
House. While there was no need for this legislation, we are thankful
that the final version included fewer restrictions on homeschoolers
than the original proposed legislation.

The last two legislative sessions have been challenging and demanding
for New Hampshire homeschoolers. HSLDA is thankful for the hard work
of New Hampshire homeschoolers, and while we can hope that next year's
legislative session will not be as demanding, HSLDA stands ready to
vigorously defend the freedoms of all homeschoolers.

Thank you for all that you do it support of homeschooling freedom.

Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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