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2/2/2012 3:03:36 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Missouri--Protect Homeschool Freedom: Vote

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Missouri--Protect Homeschool Freedom:
Vote "No" on E-Verify Ballot Initiative

Dear Missouri HSLDA Friends and Members:

On Tuesday, February 7, an important aspect of your homeschool freedom
will be at stake.

A proposed ordinance will appear on the City of Springfield ballot
that will require you to use the Department of Homeland Security's
system ("E-Verify") to electronically check the citizenship of any
person before you hire him or her to teach your children any subject
or skill.

Most homeschool families occasionally hire a teacher or tutor, or
teachers in a co-op, to teach their children something worth learning.
This is a normal and healthy aspect of homeschooling. But your
ability to do this without government regulation will end if the
ballot measure passes.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please go to your appropriate polling place on Tuesday and vote
"no" on the "E-Verify" ballot measure.

As you would expect from a legal document, the language on the ballot
describing this proposal is wordy and complicated. It's the one that
starts off by saying: "Shall the City of Springfield make it unlawful
for any business entity, that is any person or group of persons
performing or engaging in any activity common enterprise, profession
or occupation ..."

About the middle you will see this language: "further, all businesses
in the City of Springfield are required to participate in E-Verify to
verify the eligibility of all workers and conditional hires ..."

This is the proposal we urge you to vote "no" on!

2. Since time is short and the election is very close, please pass
this on to your friends.

BACKGROUND

You might think that the proposed ordinance would only apply to
businesses. Unfortunately, the ordinance defines "business entity" to
include "any person" doing "any activity" for any (undefined)
"benefit" or (undefined) "advantage." Every adult and child in the
city of Springfield would therefore come under the definition of
"business entity" (See section 2.A. of the ordinance) and be subject
to city regulation (See section 3.B of the ordinance).

You might think that churches or clubs would be exempt. They are not.
"Business entity" is specifically defined to include any
not-for-profit group. This means your church, your hunting club, your
missions organization, your ALERT or AWANA group, your neighborhood
association, your homeschool co-op, your state, regional, and national
homeschool support groups, etc., would be subject to this regulation.
(See section 2.A. of the ordinance.)

You might think that if you or your group hires someone to do
something that is not really "work," you would be exempt.
Unfortunately, the ordinance defines "work" to include "all
activities" conducted by a business entity. As already explained,
every man, woman and child in Springfield comes under the definition
of "business entity." Therefore every single activity of every single
man, woman and child in Springfield would potentially be subject to
this regulation. (See section 2.F of the ordinance.)

If you hire anyone to babysit your kids, mow your lawn, rake your
leaves, give a talk to your group, shovel the snow off your sidewalk,
walk your dog, etc., you would be subject to city regulation. If your
kids try to sell lemonade on the sidewalk or your baseball team wants
to wash cars for donations to buy uniforms, it would be subject to
city regulation. If your Boy Scout troop wants to sell popcorn or
your Girl Scout troop wants to sell cookies, they would come under
city regulation.

Your church could not hire a pastor, secretary, or choir director
without coming under city regulation. You could not "hire" your own
kids to do household chores without coming under city regulation. The
scope of this ordinance and its attempt to micromanage economic
activity at the most humble level is simply breathtaking.

If you are shaking your head in disbelief, I challenge you to read the
text of the ordinance yourself. You can find it here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13604

Here is a link to the complete language you will see on the ballot on
Tuesday, February 7. http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13605

Whatever you may feel about the perhaps well-intentioned people who
are promoting this ordinance, it would be a catastrophe for the cause
of freedom.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom in Missouri!

Sincerely yours,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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-> Will your children's inheritance retain its value?

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children's children will thank you. But freedom is never secure;
it must always be guarded. Membership with HSLDA is an investment
in the future that can be passed on to future generations of
families wanting to teach their children at home.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1944

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