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5/23/2011 11:08:56 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Oregon--Please Call Now to Help Pass Good Bill!

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Oregon--Please Call Now to Help Pass Good Bill!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

We understand the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to have a
public hearing and possibly a work session on House Bill 2183A on
Wednesday. As you may remember from earlier e-lerts, this bill would
make it a violation for any person to knowingly make a false report of
child abuse. The bill passed the House 37-23 and has been assigned to
the Senate Judiciary Committee.

As we pointed out earlier, false reports of child abuse cause innocent
families to be placed under suspicion and investigated by the
Department of Human Services (DHS). When these families are
investigated, child protective services (CPS) workers often demand to
be allowed into their homes and want to interview their children for
something they haven't done.

Additionally, these false reports waste the valuable time of CPS
workers trying to do their job investigating legitimate allegations of
abuse or neglect. Currently, 31 states have some type of penalty for
making a false report of child abuse and/or neglect.

Please contact the Senate Judiciary Committee members listed below and
urge them to support House Bill 2183A. The committee is scheduled to
hear this bill and others on Wednesday, May 25, at 8:00 a.m. in Room
343.


REQUESTED ACTION

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

"Please support House Bill 2183A. I support making it a violation to
falsely report child abuse. DHS workers' efforts to investigate child
abuse should not be complicated by having to investigate false
reports. Nor should parents have to face an unnecessary investigation
because of a false report. Please vote in favor of House Bill 2183A."

If your senator is on this committee, please let him or her know that
you are a constituent. To find the name of your senator, use HSLDA's
Legislative Toolbox at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11282 . You
do not need to tell the committee members that you are a homeschooler.

Senate Judiciary Committee

Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D), Chair
Phone: 503-986-1704
Email: sen.floydprozanski@state.or.us

Sen. Jeff Kruse (R), Vice-Chair (testified in support of bill in
House, so you can thank him for his support.)
Phone: 503-986-1701
Email: sen.jeffkruse@state.or.us

Sen. Suzanne Bonamici (D)
Phone: 503-986-1717
Email: sen.suzannebonamici@state.or.us

Sen. Jackie Dingfelder (D)
Phone: 503-986-1723
Email: sen.jackiedingfelder@state.or.us

Sen. Doug Whitsett (R)
Phone: 503-986-1728
Email: sen.dougwhitsett@state.or.us

2) Please consider supporting 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. If you would like to support them in the vital
work they do please visit: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11283 .

BACKGROUND

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

House Bill 2183A was amended in the House Judiciary Committee, hence
the "A" after the bill number.

A person convicted of a Class A violation would face a fine of $720.
As originally written, House Bill 2183A would have permitted a person
making a false report to be convicted of a Class A misdemeanor. A
Class A misdemeanor carries a stiffer penalty and a person convicted
would have faced a maximum of one year in prison, a $6,250 fine, or
both. While House Bill 2183A reduces the potential penalty for making
a false report, it is a step in right direction- penalizing false
reports of child abuse.

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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