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3/4/2010 3:58:22 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Mississippi--Threatening Legislation Dead

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March 4, 2010

Mississippi--Threatening Legislation Dead

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Good news! All three of the bad bills we described in our e-lert to
you of February 2, 2010, are now dead and no longer a threat to your
freedoms. These bills were approved by the House of Representatives
but were stopped in the Senate at the committee level on March 2.

House Bill 80 would have created a task force to study the creation of
pre-kindergarten programs. The preamble to the bill stated in part,
"The Mississippi Legislature recognizes that the development and
funding of quality research-based pre-kindergarten programs is needed
urgently in our state." This would have potentially expanded
compulsory education to 3- and 4-year-olds.

House Bill 355 would have created an early childhood development
program whereby parents would have received instruction on how to be
better parents according to state standards and children would have
received early care to prepare them for public school.

House Bill 612 would have created a Children's Advocacy Commission.
This bill had the potential to subvert the rights of parents, who
should be presumed (in the absence of contrary evidence) to be the
appropriate "advocates" for their own children. Particularly
disturbing in the bill was paragraph 4 of Section 1, which would have
granted the Commission certain powers regarding children "from
conception to the age of majority." This provision had the potential
to infringe on numerous statutory and constitutional rights of the
citizens of Mississippi.

Many thanks to all of you who contacted legislators about these bills.
We especially appreciate the effective lobbying efforts of the
Mississippi Home Educators Association in bringing about a defeat of
these bills.


Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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