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1/11/2013 3:31:09 PM
Mike Donnelly-HSLDA
Action Needed to Protect Families from Unnecessary Criminal Prosecution

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Action Needed to Protect Families
from Unnecessary Criminal Prosecution

Dear Wyoming Members and Friends,

The House and Senate judiciary committees on Monday will be discussing
proposed changes to Wyoming's child abuse and reporting statutes. HB
8 Child Abuse Reporting and SF 101 Child Abuse Reporting Penalties
proposals would make it a crime if a person failed to tell authorities
when they knew or had reasonable cause to suspect child abuse. Under
current Wyoming law every citizen has an obligation to report child
abuse.

HSLDA is concerned that the overly broad language of these bills
would create criminal penalties for any citizen who failed to report
any kind of abuse. The potential for increased excessive and
unnecessary criminal prosecution would be significant. Although these
proposals are reportedly and understandably motivated by the recent
Penn State scandals and seek to legitimately address child protection
concerns, it is essential that innocent citizens be protected from
unnecessary prosecution.

HSLDA has learned that amendments will be offered to both bills in
their respective committees to address these problems. These
amendments would define "mandated reporters" and clarify that these
mandated reporters would have an obligation to report suspected abuse
under certain circumstances. Failure to report sexual abuse could
result in criminal sanctions. The legislative proposals also increase
penalties for false reporting, which HSLDA supports.

You can view or print the introduced bill from the Wyoming legislature
website here: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16812 and
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16813

ACTION REQUESTED

Please take action before Monday and contact the House and Senate
judiciary committees to support the Mandated Reporter Amendments to
these bills. In your own words, give your senator and representative
the following message:

"I support the mandated reporter amendment to HB 8 or SF 101. These
bills as amended would clarify the obligation for mandatory reporters
to make reports when they know of or have reason to believe certain
kinds of abuse is taking place against children. The bills must be
amended to clarify overly broad language which could have resulted in
excessive and unnecessary criminal prosecution against ordinary
citizens who should not be held to the same standard as mandatory
reporters. Many states have similar provisions requiring certain
types of individuals who have training and knowledge to report certain
types of abuse. I also support the increasing penalties for false
reporting. I support the mandatory reporter amendments to HB 8 and SF
101; please vote in favor of these amendments."

You can find the Senate Judiciary contact information here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16814

Thank you for all you do in defense of freedom for families in the
great state of Wyoming!

Very truly yours,


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

P.S. 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? Your support
for our work enables us to defend individual families threatened by
government officials and protect homeschooling freedom for all. Join
now: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16815

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