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1/23/2013 4:48:28 PM
Mike Donnelly--HSLDA
URGENT: Protect Wyoming Constitution--Call House Speaker!

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URGENT - Protect Wyoming Constitution--Call House Speaker!

Dear Wyoming Members and Friends,

Senate File 104, which strips the elected state superintendent of her
duties and creates the new and unelected position of director of
public education, has passed the House Appropriations Committee and is
heading for the House floor. We need you to read this e-lert and take
action as requested below.

Those familiar with this legislation report that there is growing
opposition to the bill, but that more calls and emails are needed to
sway undecided legislators. HSLDA believes that this bill should be
further reviewed by the House Education Committee.

It has been reported that the bill was placed in the Appropriations
Committee because that committee was already favorable to the bill
(thus the 7-0 vote in favor of the bill). However, shouldn't the
Education Committee have the opportunity to consider this legislation?

According to reports from the Capitol, only six people testified in
favor, as compared to 20 against, during the one-hour hearing. HSLDA
has been told that over 50 people were not permitted to testify
against the bill because of the time limit. The speaker should assign
the bill to the Education Committee for further testimony and public
input.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact the Speaker of the House, Representative Thomas E.
Lubnau, and give him the following message:

"Please assign SF 104 to the Education Committee for more public
input. This bill strips virtually all authority from the elected
superintendent and is contrary to the intent of the Wyoming
Constitution. More thoughtful deliberation and public input is
needed. Only six people testified in favor of this bill and 20
against. Over 50 people were prevented from testifying on the bill
because of the unnecessarily short time frame given to the hearing in
the Appropriations Committee. The House Education Committee is the
right place for this issue to be considered -an important issue that
should not be rushed. I also oppose this bill because it takes away
power from the people and is contrary to the Wyoming Constitution."

Contact the speaker at tom.lubnau@wyoleg.gov or by phone at
307.682.1313.

Please contact your own representative and give the following message:


"I am calling to oppose SF 104. This bill creates the 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."

Contact information for your legislator can be found here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16969

You can view or print the introduced bill from the Wyoming Legislature
website here: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=16970

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=16971

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