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1/29/2013 4:59:10 PM
Dee Black--HSLDA
Montana--Compulsory Attendance Age Bill Tabled

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Montana--Compulsory Attendance Age Bill Tabled

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Good news! Montana Senate Bill 13 was tabled by the Senate Education
and Cultural Resources Committee on January 28, 2013. After first
voting to amend the bill, the committee voted 6-4 against its passage,
effectively killing it. The final votes were as follows:

Sen. Jim Peterson (Chair) (R) (SD 15-Buffalo) YES
Sen. Llew Jones (Vice Chair) (R) (SD 14-Conrad) NO
Sen. Elsie Arntzen (R) (SD 27-Billings) NO
Sen. Taylor Brown (R) (SD 22-Huntley) YES
Sen. Robyn Driscoll (D) (SD 26-Billings) YES
Sen. Tom Facey (D) (SD 48-Missoula) YES
Sen. Dave Lewis (R) (SD 42-Helena) NO
Sen. Eric Moore (R) (SD 20-Miles City) NO
Sen. Sharon Stewart-Peregoy (D) (SD 21-Crow Agency) NO
Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy (D) (SD 16-Box Elder) NO

Senate Bill 13 would have increased the compulsory school attendance
age in Montana from 16 to 18, graduation from high school, or receipt
of a GED, thus requiring parents to comply with the homeschool law for
an additional two years unless their child first graduated from high
school or obtained a GED.

It is unlikely that this bill will receive further attention during
this legislative session. However, we will continue to track its
status to make sure it is not revived.

Many thanks to all of you who contacted members of the Senate
Education and Cultural Resources Committee to express your opposition
to this bill. There is no doubt that homeschoolers made a difference
in this committee's action.

To view the text of this bill, please go to
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17042

Sincerely,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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