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2/16/2012 10:54:10 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Action NEEDED to Defeat Bad Amendment!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Action NEEDED to Defeat Bad Amendment!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

HB 1440 is reportedly scheduled for an executive session in the
Transportation Committee on February 21, and your help is needed to
pass this bill with a positive amendment and to defeat a bad

Lobbyists for the expensive driving schools are presenting an
amendment through representatives Tholl and Hinch that would require
driving time with a driving school instructor. However, Vice Chairman
Hikel's amendment would allow parents to supervise the
behind-the-wheel portion of the new online driving course. This is a
commonsense approach to homeschool friendly legislation that has been
passed in a number of states and has been proven to be safe and
effective. Parents can be trusted to supervise their children to learn
how to drive. Please take action to support Vice Chairman Hikel's
amendment and to defeat the Tholl/Hinch amendment.


Please contact members of the House Transportation Committee TODAY to
encourage them to support HB 1440 as amended by Vice Chairman Hikel
and to oppose the amendment offered by Tholl and Hinch. Give the
following message your own words:

"Please support HB 1440 and vote OTP with Vice Chairman Hikel's
amendment which provides for online driver's education and
parent-supervised behind-the-wheel instruction. Passing HB 1440 will
increase options for all parents. As a homeschooling parent I support
this bill because some homeschoolers have had difficulty obtaining
driver's education opportunities in schools. I believe parents are
more than qualified to supervise their child's behind-the-wheel
portion of the driving instruction. Please vote against the amendment
offered by representatives Tholl and Hinch, who are being influenced
by the driving school lobby and which would require some
behind-the-wheel instruction to be supervised by expensive driving
school instructors. Parents are competent to oversee behind-the-wheel
driving time. Numerous states have provided for this parent supervised
alternative which has proven to be safe and effective."

You can email the entire committee by using the following email

Please use the subject line "HB 1440 - OTP with Hikel Amendment."

You may also contact individual members of the House Transportation
Committee. To get contact information for the committee click:

If your representative is a member of the committee please contact
them directly as a constituent. To find out who is your
representative click:


Lobbyists for traditional driver's education programs oppose Vice
Chairman Hikel's amendment on HB 1440 because it will take business
away from their driving schools and programs. But online driver's
education has been approved in numerous states and is an exceptional
benefit for homeschoolers who otherwise have difficulties obtaining
space in school-sponsored driver's education programs and must
alternatively pay a driving school. Furthermore, parent-involved
driver's training has demonstrated to be a more safe and effective
form of education. For more information about why online driver's
education is a good idea click:

Without your support we could not stand for freedom in New Hampshire!
If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider
taking a moment today to join or recommend us and support our work
defending individual families threatened by government officials and
protecting homeschooling freedom for all? Join now:

Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

-> Who are the nation's best lobbyists?

We don't know that this has ever been determined; but we do know
that HSLDA's Federal Relations Department is the only
national organization lobbying on behalf of homeschoolers on
Capitol Hill.

More reasons to join HSLDA...

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