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1/18/2013 5:15:25 PM
Mike Donnelly--HSLDA
Senate Threatens Wyoming Constitution and Freedom

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Senate Threatens Wyoming Constitution and Freedom

Dear Wyoming Members and Friends,

Urgent action is needed to oppose Senate File ("SF") 104 which passed
the Wyoming Senate and is now moving forward in the House of
Representatives. If the bill passes in the House, it needs only the
governor's signature to become law. The bill has been assigned to the
House Appropriations Committee. It is reported that it was assigned
there because there were not enough votes in the Education Committee
to pass it. Your calls to the committee are needed to stop this bill.

SF 104 would strip virtually all authority away from the current
elected state superintendent of public instruction. The bill creates
a new un-elected position, a director of public education who would be
appointed by the governor. The state Board of Education is also
appointed by the governor.

Article 7, Section 14 of the Wyoming Constitution explicitly calls for
the election of a state superintendent of public instruction. If the
legislature wishes to change this it should do so by modifying the
Wyoming Constitution rather than by political act. HSLDA believes
that protecting the integrity of the Constitution is important and
that representative government is better served when elected officials
are authorized and empowered to carry out their constitutional duties.
Furthermore, the current state superintendent is on record explicitly
in support of home education and parental rights.

We are asking you to take action to support the Wyoming Constitution.


You can view or print the introduced bill from the Wyoming legislature
website here: http://legisweb.state.wy.us/2013/Introduced/SF0104.pdf

ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact the members of the Wyoming House Appropriations
Committee and urge them to oppose SF 104. A list of committee members
and their contact information is below.

In your own words, give the Representatives the following message:

"I am calling to oppose SF 104. This bill creates the
unconstitutional office of director of the Department of Education.
This puts too much power in the hands of a single unelected official
and is contrary to the spirit and intent of the Wyoming Constitution.
Although the constitution does give the legislature power to assign
the duties of the superintendent, the Wyoming Constitution presumes an
elected state superintendent accountable to voters for schools. The
legislature should seek changes like this through a constitutional
amendment, rather than simple legislation. Stripping an elected
constitutional office-holder of her duties goes against the
constitution and takes authority away from the people. Please vote
against SF 104."

House Appropriations Committee Members
Representative Steve Harshman
Cell - (307) 262-8075
steve.harshman@wyoleg.gov

Representative Donald E. Burkhart, Jr
Home - (307) 324-6007
Cell - (307) 321-7074
Donald.Burkhart@wyoleg.gov

Representative Ken A. Esquibel
Cell - (307) 630-6096
ken.esquibel@wyoleg.gov

Representative Glenn Moniz
Home - (307) 745-4711
Cell - (307) 760-1116
glenn.moniz@wyoleg.gov

Representative Bob Nicholas
Work - (307) 634-6057
Bob.Nicholas@wyoleg.gov

Representative Tim Stubson
Work - (307) 265-2279
Tim.Stubson@wyoleg.gov

Representative Sue Wallis
Home - (307) 685-8248
Cell - (307) 680-8515
sue.wallis@wyoleg.gov

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 >>

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