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3/27/2012 10:33:24 AM
Mike Donnelly--HSLDA
New Hampshire Senator: Parents ... Unqualified and Untrustworthy?

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New Hampshire Senator: Parents...Unqualified and Untrustworthy?

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

It has been reported that some New Hampshire senators are opposing
House Bill 1440, the driver's education freedom bill, because "parents
are unqualified and can't be trusted." It is reported that these
senators don't trust parents to teach their children or that they
might falsify records. After New Hampshire homeschoolers have worked
hard to pass HB 1440 in the House, it faces defeat in the Senate
Transportation Committee. So far only co-sponsor and committee member
Jim Forsythe has publicly stood by the bill. Are the other members of
the committee--senators Jim Rausch, David Boutin, Nancy Stiles, and
Molly Kelly--going to stand by this outlandish notion that parents are
unqualified and untrustworthy?

Perhaps it is the well-funded driving school lobby that is influencing
these senators to have such peculiar ideas. Is New Hampshire so
different from other states where online driver's education has proven
to be safe, effective, and affordable? Homeschooling families have
told me that they feel forced to wait until their children are 18 to
get their driver's license because the expense of driver's education
is so high. Given a choice, many parents say they would prefer the
option of allowing their 16- and 17-year-olds the opportunity to
access driving privileges. New Hampshire homeschoolers have an
opportunity in HB 1440 if urgent action is taken to save this common
sense bill; HB 1440 would potentially save homeschoolers and other
parents thousands of dollars!

ACTION REQUESTED:

Please make personal contact by phone, postal mail, or appointment
with the following five senators today! It is important that you
deliver a personal message to these senators and explain how this bill
will positively affect your family. To find out who is your senator
click here: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=14181

Please deliver the following message in your own words:

"Please vote 'ought to pass' on HB 1440 as amended by the House. The
Driver's Education Freedom Bill will provide for safe, effective, and
affordable driver's education programs for New Hampshire parents, many
of whom struggle will this ever-increasing expense. HB 1440 can
potentially save New Hampshire families thousands of dollars and
provide options for their children's driver's training. It is not
only offensive to suggest that parents are unqualified or can't be
trusted with their child's driver training-- it is false. Experience
in states where similar provisions have passed indicates that
parent-supervised driver training is safe and effective; and the
three-year trial program in New Hampshire also provides appropriate
safeguards for potential abuse. This bill will also make it easier for
middle and lower income families to provide opportunities for their
children that are currently unavailable due to expensive driver's
training programs. Instead of representing the interests of a few
expensive driving schools, you should look out for what is best for
the majority of your constituents and our children. HB 1440 should
pass, and I urge you to support it in committee and on the floor of
the Senate with a roll call vote."

Senator Jim Rausch (Derry) - Transportation Committee Chair
Statehouse
Room 124
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-3091

Senator David Boutin (Hooksett) - Transportation Committee Vice-Chair
Legislative Office Building
Room 102-B
33 North State Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-3092

Senator Nancy Stiles (Hampton)
Legislative Office Building
Room 103-A
33 North State Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-3093

Senator Molly Kelly (Keene)
Statehouse
Room 120
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-3207

Senator Peter Bragdon (Milford) - President of the Senate
Statehouse
Room 302
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-2111

We greatly value you and your support--it is a privilege to serve you!
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:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=14182

Very truly yours,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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