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12/14/2011 4:43:10 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Your Calls to Congress Stall Mandatory Reporting Bill

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Your Calls to Congress Stall Mandatory Reporting Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Thank you for your calls to senators on the U.S. Senate's Subcommittee
on Children and Families. We had previously urged families nationwide
to call their senators and urge them to oppose S. 1877, a bill which
would create a federal mandate that all adults be mandatory reporters
of child abuse and neglect.

HSLDA believes that this bill would lead to a police-state reporting
environment resulting in social services investigations on innocent
families. You can read our concerns with this bill online at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13147 .

The Subcommittee on Children and Families held a hearing about S. 1877
on Tuesday, December 13. At this hearing, numerous witnesses urged
passage of the bill. However, under questioning by senators on the
committee, the witnesses also acknowledged that a federal requirement
that all adults be mandatory reporters of child abuse is a
double-edged sword. It was apparent that more reporting does not
necessarily mean accurate reporting of child abuse, and will not by
itself protect children.

Additionally, the senators on the committee and witnesses discussed
that a federal mandate that all adults be mandatory reporters of child
abuse could actually make it more difficult to identify and stop abuse
of at-risk children.

We encourage you to watch the hearing here
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13148 . We have been told by
sources on Capitol Hill that this bill is a knee-jerk response to the
tragedy at Penn State University, and that it is unlikely to move out
of committee.

HSLDA will continue to educate members of Congress about the dangers
posed to innocent families and children who are truly at-risk by S.
1877. Additionally, we will continue to monitor this bill. If it is
scheduled for a committee vote or appears poised to move at all, we
will send out another action alert.

It is because of your calls and emails to the U.S. Senate that this
bill appears to have stalled. Thank you for your action and for
making the difference.

If you would like to join HSLDA and partner with us to protect
homeschool parents from the federal government's encroachment on our
civil liberties, please click here
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13149

For liberty,

Mike Smith
President, HSLDA

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