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3/31/2011 2:52:34 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Washington: Your Calls Are Needed to Stop Immunization Bill!

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Washington: Your Calls Are Needed to Stop Immunization Bill!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Over the past few months HSLDA has been following Senate Bill 5005 and
House Bill 1015. Both bills make it significantly harder for parents
to assert a religious, philosophical or personal objection to
immunization and get a certificate of exemption.

While parents who are homeschooling their children in a home-based
education program or have their children enrolled in an extension
program of a private school are not required to get a certificate of
exemption, we believe that these bills are an attack on parental
rights.

If Senate Bill 5005 passes, parents who want their children to attend
a public or private school will be required to get the signature of a
health care provider before they can get a religious, philosophical,
or personal certificate of exemption from immunization.

We need your calls to your state senator and representative as well as
to the leadership of the Washington Legislature to try to stop Senate
Bill 5005. Please act now to help try to stop this attack on parental
freedom in Washington.

ACTION REQUESTED:

1) Please call and email your state senator and representative as well
as the legislative leadership listed below and give them this message
in your own words:

"Please oppose Senate Bill 5005. This bill will impose an undue burden
on parents with a religious, philosophical or personal objection to
immunizations by forcing them to have a health care provider sign off
on their personal convictions. Parents should be able to consult with
their medical providers and make their own decision on the
immunization of their children without having to get their provider's
signature as well. Releasing the health care provider from liability
for signing the certificate of exemption is not enough. Senate Bill
5005 should not be passed."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler or reveal your
affiliation with any organization; instead you can identify yourself
as a concerned parent and constituent.

To find the contact information for your state senator or state
representative visit HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at:
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox .


Washington Legislative Leadership

Senate Majority Leader
Sen. Lisa Brown
Phone: (360)786-7604
Email: lisa.brown@leg.wa.gov

Senate Majority Floor Leader
Sen. Tracey Eide
Phone: (360) 786-7658
Email: tracey.eide@leg.wa.gov

Senate Republican Leader
Sen. Mike Hewitt
Phone: (360) 786-7630
Email: mike.hewitt@leg.wa.gov

Senate Republican Floor Leader
Sen. Mark Schoesler
Phone: (360) 786-7620
Email: mark.schoesler@leg.wa.gov

House Speaker
Rep. Frank Chopp (D)
Phone: (360) 786-7920
Email: Frank.Chopp@leg.wa.gov

House Majority Leader
Rep. Pat Sullivan (D)
Phone: (360) 786-7858
Email: Pat.Sullivan@leg.wa.gov

House Majority Floor Leader
Rep. Tami Green (D)
Phone: (360) 786-7958
Email: Tami.Green@leg.wa.gov

Minority Leader
Rep. Richard DeBolt (R)
Phone: (360) 786-7896
Email: Richard.DeBolt@leg.wa.gov

Minority Floor Leader
Rep. Charles Ross (R)
Phone: (360) 786-7856
Email: Charles.Ross@leg.wa.gov


BACKGROUND:

Senate Bill 5005 has passed both the Senate and the House. However,
the version of the bill to pass the House was different from what the
Senate passed. The bill will have to be reconciled. While the House
version is better than the Senate version, neither are good bills.

While homeschool parents will not be affected by Senate Bill 5005,
unless they want to have their child attend a public or private
school, we believe that this is attack on parents' rights to decide
whether they should immunize their children. Please act now to try to
stop Senate Bill 5005.

If you are not yet a member of HSLDA and would like to help us fight
for greater homeschool freedom in Washington, please visit
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10782 .

If you would like to be put on our free email list to receive vital
e-lerts, you may sign up at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10783 .

Thank you for your part in fighting for freedom in Washington.

Sincerely,

Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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graduating and some just reaching school age. If you're going to
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It's a good deal for families with more than 10 years of
homeschooling ahead.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1936

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