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1/24/2011 2:48:48 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Montana: Calls Needed to Stop Tax Bill

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Montana: Calls Needed to Stop Tax Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Montana House Bill 247 would provide that a child who is over the age
of 12 and under the age of 19 may not be claimed as a dependent on a
state income tax return unless the child was enrolled in school or had
received a high school diploma or GED. Your calls are needed to stop
this outrageous attempt by state lawmakers to define a "dependent" by
school attendance.

The current compulsory attendance age in Montana is from 7 to 16 or
completion of the eighth grade, whichever is later. House Bill 247 is
an income tax bill which attempts to meddle with the education law of
the state. It is nothing more than a back-door effort to increase the
compulsory school attendance age and penalize families whose children
don't meet the new educational definition of "dependent."

The hearing on this bill by the House Taxation Committee is scheduled
for this Thursday, January 27, at 8:00 a.m. in Room 152 of the Capitol
Building. The sponsor of this legislation is Representative Mike
Miller (R-Helmville), the vice chair of the committee.

Members of the House Taxation Committee need to hear from you today!

Action Requested:

1. Please call and/or email as many members of the House Taxation
Committee with this message or something similar in your own words:

"Please vote against House Bill 247 which would provide that a child
who is over the age of 12 and under the age of 19 may not be claimed
as a dependent on a state income tax return unless the child was
enrolled in school or had received a high school diploma or GED.
Whether a child is a dependent should not be determined by school
attendance."

When contacting members of the committee, do not identify yourself as
a homeschooler. This issue is broader than just homeschooling.

The members of the House Taxation Committee are as follows:

Last names beginning with A-M please contact:

Chair: Mark Blasdel (R-Somers)
Vice Chair: Mike Miller (R-Helmville)
Vice Chair: Dick Barrett (D-Missoula)
Steve Fitzpatrick (R-Great Falls)
Kelly Flynn (R-Townsend)
Alan Hale (R-Basin)
Brian Hoven (R-Great Falls)
Austin Knudsen (R-Culbertson)
Steve Lavin (R-Kalispell)
Sue Malek (D-Missoula)

Last names beginning with N-Z please contact:

Edie McClafferty (D-Butte)
Mary McNally (D-Billings)
Jerry O'Neil (R-Columbia Falls)
Mike Phillips (D-Bozeman)
Lee Randall (R-Broadus)
Wayne Stahl (R-Saco)
Janna Taylor (R-Dayton)
Kathleen Williams (D-Bozeman)
Max Yates (R-Butte)

You can leave a message for the House Taxation Committee by calling
the Session Information Desk at (406) 444-4800.

Use the state legislative email message form at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10071 .

2. Please forward this email to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA, and urge them to contact members of the committee.

To view the text of this bill, please go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10072 .

Please call or email today!


Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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