From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


3/30/2012 3:02:08 PM
Mike Donnelly--HSLDA
Driver's Ed Bill Needs Your Help!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Driver's Ed Bill Needs Your Help!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Did you know that House Bill 1440 is being spearheaded by
homeschooling teen Jacqueline Roland? This involved teen has been
working with Representative Laura Jones and Senator Jim Forsythe to
fix a problem that affects all New Hampshire families - the lack of
affordable options in driver's education. This is a David and Goliath
story. Consequently, I am asking all friends of homeschooling and
supporters of parental rights to show up at the Senate Transportation
Committee next Thursday, April 5, at 10:30 a.m. This could be your
civics field trip for the year!

It is being reported that all 300 driving instructors from New
Hampshire will be there to protect their monopoly. Will you please
stand with Jacqueline, Representative Jones and Senator Forsythe in
favor of this bill? You and I both know that when New Hampshire
homeschoolers put their minds to something - IT HAPPENS! We have
done a lot of protesting against encroachments on our freedom in the
past five years - let's demonstrate in favor of good legislation that
will have a positive impact on freedom and family budgets.

You will have the opportunity to testify in favor of HB 1440, if you
like. But even if you do not wish to testify, your attendance at the
hearing will send a clear message that New Hampshire families support
this common sense bill. The hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. in
Legislative Office Building 306-308, but it may be moved to
Representatives Hall - they know when there is something going on
involving homeschoolers they need to be prepared for large crowds!
Many traditional driver's education instructors and lobbyists will be
in attendance opposing HB 1440, so it is critical that homeschool
families attend this hearing.

And by the way, Jacqueline is requesting that when you come that you
wear blue. Any shade is fine. This way the Senators will see just how
many supporters are there - hopefully a lot!


1) Please attend the hearing on Thursday April 5, 2012. And wear blue!

2) If you have not already done so, please make personal contact by
phone, postal mail, or appointment with the following five senators by
April 5, 2012. It is important that you deliver a personal message to
these Senators and explain how this bill will positively affect your

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's training is safe and effective; and the
three-year trial program in New Hampshire also provides appropriate
safeguards from 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
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)
Room 120
107 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-3207

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

HB 1440 would permit a person who is 15 1/2 years old to fulfill
driver's education requirements by enrolling in an online driver's
education course approved by the Department of Safety. This could save
individual homeschooling families thousands of dollars in unnecessary
fees and expenses. But this opportunity is at risk because of pressure
from organized paid driving school lobbyists trying to keep customers
in their expensive schools. Let's all get behind HB 1440 to advance
freedom for homeschooling parents!
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:

Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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