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4/13/2011 9:32:34 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Iowa--Deadlines Trump Good and Bad Bills

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Iowa--Deadlines Trump Good and Bad Bills

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

HSLDA and Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE) adopted a
very vigorous legislative agenda this year in the cause of expanding
liberty and increasing opportunities for homeschool families, knowing
that sometimes the fruit comes only with patient effort.

Iowa's legislative session consists of two essentially separate years.
Bills that do not succeed in the first year can be brought back for
the second year. None of the bills for which HSLDA and NICHE worked
achieved enactment this year.

But we will vigorously promote these good bills next year--and look
for any unusual opportunities that might arise to advance good bills
during the remaining two weeks of this year's session.

GOOD BILLS THAT DID NOT GET FAR ENOUGH

Independent Private Instruction, a new homeschool option with much
less red tape, passed the House but did not come out of Senate
committee in time to make any further progress this year (HF 588). A
companion Senate bill, SF 160, did not move.

Parent-taught driver education, HF 584, passed the House, but did not
emerge from Senate committee in time to make further progress this
year. A companion Senate bill, SF 146, did not move.

A measure that would have allowed Iowans to vote on amending the state
Constitution to protect the time-honored definition of marriage, HJR
6, passed the House by a wide margin but failed to make it through the
Senate. A similar bill in the Senate, SJR 3, did not receive
attention.

HF 604 (formerly HF 115) would have prevented education from becoming
a pawn between quarrelling parents during a divorce. The bill did not
emerge by "funnel date," so it is not moving forward.

A bill that would have given homeschoolers more flexibility in
qualifying for the Post Secondary Enrollment Option program, SF 423,
failed to emerge from committee in its house of origin, so it will not
receive further attention this year.

BAD BILLS THAT WERE HALTED

Three bills to raise compulsory attendance age from 16 to 18 have
halted, HF 71, HF 275 and HF 116.

A bill that would have allowed social workers to enter any "program,
facility or school" without a warrant, HF 191, never emerged from its
house of origin.

A bill that would have undercut the authority of parents to determine
whether grandparents can visit grandchildren, HF 297, did not make it
out of committee in its house of origin.

A bill that would have had the unintended consequence of making it
impossible for a licensed teacher to instruct a student outside
compulsory attendance age without government approval, HF 580, did not
emerge from its house of origin.

HF 599 would have mandated new tests for a student to graduate from
high school, or enter or receive financial aid at a state-supported
college. The bill stopped moving when it did not receive House
approval by the deadline.

SF 445, "Deaf Children's Bill of Rights" (formerly SF 190), would have
been harmful to parent-child relationship in families with deaf
children as originally drafted. It was significantly amended however,
and, is no longer a threat. It continues to make progress toward
enactment.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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