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1/23/2009 1:53:29 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas--2009 Legislative Session Begins

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

January 23, 2009

Texas--2009 Legislative Session Begins

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

We are beginning a new legislative session in Texas. HSLDA is
analyzing many bills that are currently being introduced. We have our
legislative counsel Tom Sanders in Austin already visiting legislators
and lobbying on your behalf on several pieces of legislation. Using
his reports concerning the progress of the legislation and our
analysis of the potential harm or benefit, we will alert you to any
need for action.

The biggest change for this year is that 11 Democrats joined 64
Republicans to oust House Speaker Tom Craddick. This change will
likely result in many different committee chairs. The new speaker is
Representative Joe Straus (R) from San Antonio who has a poor record
on the social issues that many of us are most concerned about.

Below is a short summary of some of the initial bills we are tracking
so that you are aware of them. You can obtain more information at .

House Bill 316: Lowers the compulsory school attendance age from 6 to
5 years of age.

House Bill 188: Establishes a list of children's rights and mandates
that parents be educated about their duties under the law as the
primary protectors of their children.

House Bill 351: Allows students, including homeschoolers, to qualify
for a tuition refund for high academic performance at a general
academic teaching institution (including, but not limited to the
University of Texas, Texas A&M University, and Texas Tech University).

House Bill 319: Allows for an exemption from jury duty for persons who
have legal custody of a child younger than 15 years of age when
serving on a jury would require leaving the child without adequate
supervision. (Effectively allows homeschoolers to obtain an

Senate Bill 466: Allows a parent or guardian to exclude a child from
the immunization registry.

Thank you for your willingness to stand ready to act!


Chris Klicka
Senior Counsel

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