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5/2/2011 4:51:48 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,

Previously we let you know about the House Judiciary Committee meeting
regarding House Bill 2183. The bill was passed out of committee with a
favorable vote, and is now headed for a vote by the full House. 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 your state representative. Urge him or her to support
House Bill 2183 and make it unlawful to make a false report of child
abuse.

REQUESTED ACTION

1) Please call and/or email your state representative 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."

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 report child abuse to the
Department of Human Services or a law enforcement officer, if the
person making the report knows the information 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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