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12/12/2011 2:15:52 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Urgent--Calls Needed To Oppose Federal Mandatory Reporting Bill

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Urgent--Calls Needed To Oppose Federal Mandatory Reporting Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Tomorrow, the U.S. Senate's Subcommittee on Children and Families will
hold a hearing on S. 1877, a bill that will require all adults to be
mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect. This bill will create
a police-state reporting environment that will lead to baseless
investigations of innocent families, and actually hurt at-risk
children. HSLDA opposes this legislation for numerous reasons which
you can read here http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13067 .

Urgent calls are needed to the senators on the Subcommittee on
Children and Families to oppose S. 1877. If either of your two U.S.
senators are on the subcommittee, HSLDA urges you to call with some or
all of the following message (there is no need to identify yourself as
a homeschooler):

"I am concerned that S. 1877, which is scheduled for a committee
hearing this Tuesday, will lead to privacy violations and allegations
of abuse and neglect against innocent families because of the
mandatory reporting requirement for all adults. Additionally, S. 1877
will greatly increase the federal government's role in social services
investigations, cluttering the system, and making it hard to find
children who are truly at risk."

Senators on the Subcommittee on Children and Families:

Barbara Mikulski (MD) 202-224-4654
Patty Murray (WA) 202-224-2621
Bernard Sanders (VT) 202-224-5141
Robert Casey (PA) 202-224-6324
Kay Hagan (NC) 202-224-6342
Jeff Merkley (OR) 202-224-3753
Al Franken (MN) 202-224-5641
Michael Bennet (CO) 202-224-5852
Richard Blumenthal (CT) 202-224-2823
Tom Harkin (IA) 202-224-3254
Richard Burr (NC) 202-224-3154
Lamar Alexander (TN) 202-224-4944
Johnny Isakson (GA) 202-224-3643
Rand Paul (KY) 202-224-4343
John McCain (AZ) 202-224-2235
Pat Roberts (KS) 202-224-4774
Mark Kirk (IL) 202-224-2854
Michael Enzi (WY) 202-224-3424

You may identify and contact your two U.S. senators using HSLDA's
Legislative Toolbox http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13068 .

Please note that it is not necessary to call your senators if they are
not on the list above; however, it will not hurt to send them an email
or letter sharing your concerns about S. 1877.

Background

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey and California Senator Barbara Boxer
introduced S. 1877: "Speak Up to Protect Every Abused Kid Act" in
response to the tragic occurrences at Penn State University.
Unfortunately, S. 1877 will lead to greater federal involvement in
social services investigations, which we believe will hurt innocent
families and make it even harder for social services agencies to find
and help truly at-risk children. Additionally, the federal
requirement that every single American adult act as a mandatory
reporter will create a police-state environment of reporting on
friends, family, and neighbors.

We encourage you to read our detailed review of S. 1877 available here
and then forward this e-lert to your friends and family and have them
also call their U.S. senators if they serve on the Subcommittee on
Children and Families: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13067 .

Thank you for standing with us for liberty. It is only through your
action that we will be able to continue to protect the right of
innocent parents to direct the education and upbringing of their
children without the fear of baseless investigations into their
children and family.

Very truly yours,



J. Michael Smith, Esq.
President, HSLDA.

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