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4/12/2011 4:11:25 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--Your Calls Needed to Support Good Bill!

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Oregon--Your Calls Needed to Support Good Bill!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Tomorrow the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to have a public
hearing and work session for House Bill 2183. This bill would make it
a Class A misdemeanor for any person to knowingly make a false report
of child abuse.

False reports of child abuse cause innocent families to be placed
under suspicion and investigated by the Department of Human Services
(DHS). These families often face demands to open up their home for
inspection or allow their children to be questioned by child
protective services (CPS) workers for something they haven't done.

These false reports take up the time and effort of CPS workers trying
to do their job and investigate allegations of abuse. Currently, 31
states have some type of penalty for making a false report of child
abuse and/or neglect.

Please contact the House Judiciary Committee members listed below.
Urge them to support House Bill 2183 and make it unlawful to make a
false report of child abuse. The Committee is scheduled to hear this
bill and others on Wednesday, April 13, at 1:00 p.m. in Room 343.


REQUESTED ACTION

1) Please call and/or email the members of the House Judiciary
Committee listed below with the following message in your own words:

"Please vote in favor of House Bill 2183. I support making it illegal
to make a false report of child abuse. DHS workers' efforts to
investigate child abuse should not be complicated by having to
investigate false reports of abuse."

If your representative is on this committee, please let him or her
know that you are a constituent. To find the name of your
representative, use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox at
http://www.hslda.org/toolbox . You do not need to tell the committee
members that you are a homeschooler.

House Judiciary Committee:

Rep. Jeff Barker (D), Co-Chair
Phone: 503-986-1428
Email: rep.jeffbarker@state.or.us

Rep. Wayne Krieger (R), Co-Chair (Thank him for co-sponsoring bill)
Phone: 503-986-1401
Email: rep.waynekrieger@state.or.us

Rep. Chris Garrett (D), Co-Vice Chair
Phone: 503-986-1438
Email: rep.chrisgarrett@state.or.us

Rep. Wally Hicks (R), Co-Vice Chair
Phone: 503-986-1403
Email: rep.wallyhicks@state.or.us

Rep. Mary Nolan (D)
Phone: 503-986-1436
Email: rep.marynolan@state.or.us

Rep. Andy Olson (R)
Phone: 503-986-1415
Email: rep.andyolson@state.or.us

Rep. Mike Schaufler (D) (Thank him for co-sponsoring bill)
Phone: 503-986-1448
Email: rep.mikeschaufler@state.or.us

Rep. Carolyn Tomei (D)
Phone: 503-986-1441
Email: rep.carolyntomei@state.or.us

Rep. Matt Wand (R)
Phone: 503-986-1449
Email: rep.mattwand@state.or.us

Rep. Gene Whisnant (R)
Phone: 503-986-1453
Email: rep.genewhisnant@state.or.us

2) Support OCEANetwork as they work to monitor legislation on the
ground in Oregon as well as support, protect and promote home
education across the state. HSLDA works closely with OCEANetwork to
ensure that homeschool freedom and parental rights are protected in
Oregon. Please consider supporting them in the vital work they do
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10879 .

BACKGROUND

House Bill 2183 would make it illegal to make a false report of child
abuse to the Department of Human Service or a law enforcement officer,
knowing that the report is false. A person would also be guilty if
they knowingly made the false report to a public or private official,
as defined under the mandatory reporting law in Oregon, with the
intent to have that official make a report to DHS or a law enforcement
agency.

A person convicted of a Class A misdemeanor could be punished by a
maximum of one year in prison, a $6,250 fine, or both.

According the DHS, 67,885 allegations of abuse and neglect were made
in 2009. Of those allegations, only 28,584 actually were investigated.
Of the allegations actually investigated, 21,344 were found to be
unfounded or listed as unable to determine. While Oregon doesn't have
a category for "false" reports, these numbers mean that nearly 75% of
the reports investigated were not found to be true. Almost 90% of all
reports made in 2009 were either not investigated because they didn't
meet the threshold of abuse/neglect or they were found to be untrue.

To see the annual reports on abuse and neglect statistics in Oregon
you can go to: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10784 .

To see more information on this and other bills HSLDA is monitoring in
Oregon, visit our website at: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10785
.

If you are not already a member, please consider joining HSLDA and
help support home education freedom in Oregon and beyond. You can join
online at: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=10786 .

Sincerely,

Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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