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2/1/2011 12:19:53 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Montana: Calls Needed to Stop Driver's License Bill

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Montana: Calls Needed to Stop Driver's License Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Montana House Bill 215 would prohibit anyone under 18 years old from
obtaining or keeping a driver's license unless the person was enrolled
in school or had received a high school diploma or GED. Your calls are
needed to stop this attempt by state lawmakers to condition issuance
of a driver's license on 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 215 is
a driver's license 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.

The hearing on this bill by the House Education Committee is scheduled
for this Friday, February 4, at 3:00 p.m. in Room 137 of the Capitol
Building. The sponsor of this legislation is Representative Mike
Miller (R-Helmville).

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

Action Requested:

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

"Please vote against House Bill 215 which would prohibit anyone under
18 years old from obtaining or keeping a driver's license unless the
person was enrolled in school or had received a high school diploma or
GED. Whether a person is eligible for a driver's license 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 Education Committee are as follows:

Last names beginning with A-M please contact:

Chair: Scott Reichner (R-Bigfork)
Vice Chair: Kristin Hansen (R-Havre)
Vice Chair: Edie McClafferty (D-Butte)
Bryce Bennett (D-Missoula)
Mark Blasdel (R-Somers)
Joanne Blyton (R-Joliet)
Christy Clark (R-Choteau)
Lila Evans (R-Browning)

Last names beginning with N-Z please contact:

Sue Malek (D-Missoula)
Jonathan McNiven (R-Huntley)
Jean Price (D-Great Falls)
Daniel Salomon (R-Ronan)
Bob Wagner (R-Harrison)
Ted Washburn (R-Bozeman)
Jeffrey Welborn (R-Dillon)
Franke Wilmer (D-Bozeman)

You can leave a message for the House Education 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=10167 .

Please call or email today!


Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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