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5/14/2010 11:17:23 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Carolina--Calls Needed: Driver's License Bill Passed House

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South Carolina--Calls Needed: Driver's License Bill Passed House

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

House Bill 3645, the bad driver's license bill, passed the House of
Representatives on Wednesday by a vote of 62-33. It is now in the
Senate Finance Committee. Your calls are needed today to stop this
bill from going any further!

Even though the bill was amended in the House to state that
homeschoolers do not have to make any change in the way and frequency
of attendance reporting, it is still a bad bill that should be
opposed. It would prohibit issuance of a driver's license to anyone
under age 18 unless the person was enrolled in school, had completed
high school, had obtained a GED, or was enrolled in an adult education
program.

This bill is basically a back-door approach to increasing South
Carolina's compulsory attendance age from 17 to 18. It would
effectively require families to keep their 17-year-old children in
school for an additional year unless one of the exceptions mentioned
above applied. A 17-year-old desiring to transition from school to
full-time employment would not be permitted to get a driver's license
or would lose the one he had.

State legislators need to know that you object to this unreasonable
expansion of state control over education and driving privileges. Let
your voice be heard today!

ACTION REQUESTED:

1. Please contact your state senator with this message in your own
words:

"Please vote against House Bill 3645. This bill would essentially
raise the compulsory attendance age in South Carolina from 17 to 18.
It would prohibit a child under age 18 from getting or keeping a
driver's license unless the child was enrolled in school, had
completed school, had obtained a GED, or was enrolled in an adult
education program. Requiring students over age 17 to involuntarily
remain in school will have a disruptive and expensive effect on
education. Families in South Carolina should continue to have the
right to choose other options for children who have reached age 17."

Since this issue potentially affects all families in South Carolina
with school-age children, there is no need for you to identify
yourself as a homeschooler when you contact your state senator.

You can find the name and telephone number of your state senator by
going to the South Carolina Legislature's website at:
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/html-pages/senatemembers.html .

2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to contact their state senators with
this same message.

To review the text of house Bill 3645, go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8212 .

Please call your state senator before you close this email.

Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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