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7/17/2009 9:17:38 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Iowa--Parent-Taught Driver's Ed Needs Your Calls Immediately

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Iowa--Parent-Taught Driver's Ed Needs Your Calls Immediately

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

A bill that would allow homeschool parents to teach driver education
to their own children is set for a hearing in the Senate
Transportation Subcommittee today at 2 p.m.!

Your calls are urgently needed to help this bill, Senate File 350,
move forward. If successful, the bill will face a hearing in the
Senate Transportation Committee today at 4 p.m.

Homeschool parents have experienced many difficulties trying to obtain
driver's education through the public schools. In 2004, a
parent-taught driver's ed bill passed both houses of the legislature,
but Governor Vilsack vetoed it. S.F. 350 will save taxpayers money by
reducing what the government spends on driver's education.

More importantly, it will save lives. States that already have
parent-taught driver's ed have seen a reduction in traffic deaths
among young people who have been taught by their parents.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please immediately call (515) 281-3371, the Senate switchboard, and
leave a message for the senators below. Also email them at the
addresses indicated. Your message can be as simple as, "Please
support S.F. 350, parent-taught driver's ed for homeschool families.
It will save lives, and it will reduce expenses for public schools."

If your name begins with A-G, leave a message for those in group 1. If
your name begins with H-M, leave a message for group 2. If N-S, leave
a message for group 3. Others, leave a message for group 4. Please
try to email all the members.

If possible, please come to Room 22 in the state Capitol today for the
2 p.m. and 4 p.m. hearing to demonstrate your support for this bill.

CONTACT INFORMATION, COMMITTEE AND SUBCOMMITTEE MEMBERS

Group 1
Tom Hancock (D, District 16)
tom.hancock@legis.state.ia.us

William M. Heckroth (D, District 9)
bill.heckroth@legis.state.ia.us

Tim L. Kapucian (R, District 20)
tim.kapucian@legis.state.ia.us

Group 2
Matt McCoy (D, District 31)
matt.mccoy@legis.state.ia.us

Kim Reynolds (R, District 48)
kim.reynolds@legis.state.ia.us

Steve Warnstadt (D, District 1)
steve.warnstadt@legis.state.ia.us

Group 3
Brad Zaun (R, District 32)
brad.zaun@legis.state.ia.us

Tom Rielly (D, District 38), Chair
tom.rielly@legis.state.ia.us

Daryl Beall (D, District 25), Vice Chair daryl.beall@legis.state.ia.us


Larry L. Noble (R, District 35), Ranking Member
larry.noble@legis.state.ia.us

Group 4
Swati A. Dandekar (D, District 18)
Swati.Dandekar@legis.state.ia.us

Jeff Danielson (D, District 10)
jeff.danielson@legis.state.ia.us

James F. Hahn (R, District 40)
james.hahn@legis.state.ia.us

BACKGROUND

Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, New Mexico, Nebraska and
Colorado already have laws related to parent-taught driver's education
for homeschoolers. According to a 2000 study through the University
of Colorado-Colorado Springs, statistics show that lives have been
saved through these laws, and there were fewer tickets and accidents.

Programs are already available for parents to use.

The sponsor of S.F. 350 is senator Swati Dandekar, District 18.

The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE) joins HSLDA in
supporting this bill."

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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