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2/4/2013 12:37:38 PM
Dee Black--HSLDA
Connecticut--Calls Needed to Defeat Threatening Homeschool Bill

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Connecticut -- Calls Needed to Defeat Threatening Homeschool Bill

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls and emails are needed to defeat a bill that threatens the
liberty of homeschooling families in Connecticut. Proposed Bill 374
would require all homeschooled children ages 12, 14, and 17 to undergo
a behavioral health assessment. These assessments would be conducted
by an unspecified health care provider and would be conducted even
though there was no indication whatsoever that these children had a
behavioral problem. The bill states that the results of the
assessments are to be disclosed only to the child's parent or
guardian, but that the health care provider must submit a form to the
State Board of Education verifying that the child has received the
assessment.

According to the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership, a state
organization made up of the Department of Children and Families,
Department of Social Services, Department of Mental Health and
Addiction Services, and others, a behavioral health assessment is
quite comprehensive and invasive. It includes "a review of physical
and mental health, intelligence, school performance, employment, level
of function in different domains including family situation, and
behavior in the community."

Proposed Bill 374 would essentially authorize the state to conduct
regular social services investigations of homeschooling families
without any basis to do so. This outrageous legislative proposal must
be stopped in its tracks before it gains any momentum.

This legislation is sponsored by Sen. Toni Nathaniel Harp (10th Dist.)
and Rep. Toni E. Walker (93rd Dist.). The bill is presently in the
Public Health Committee. We do not know when this bill would be
considered, so please contact members of the Committee right away and
express your opposition to it.

Action Requested:

Please call or email as many members of the Public Health Committee as
possible with this message or a similar message in your own words:

"Please vote against Proposed Bill 374, which would require behavioral
health assessments for homeschooled children ages 12, 14, and 17
without any indication that they were needed. These comprehensive,
invasive evaluations would constitute an unwarranted invasion of
family privacy."

When emailing members of the Committee, we recommend that you put in
the subject line: "I oppose Bill 374."

Last names A-F please contact:

Sen. Terry B. Gerratana, Chair (D-06)
Email here http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Gerratana-mailform.php
1-800-842-1420

Rep. Susan M. Johnson, Chair (D-049)
Email here Susan.Johnson@cga.ct.gov
1-800-842-8267

Sen. Gayle S. Slossberg, Vice Chair (D-14)
Email here http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Slossberg-mailform.php
1-800-842-1420

Rep. Philip J. Miller, Vice Chair (D-036)
Email here Philip.Miller@cga.ct.gov
1-800-842-8267

Sen. Jason C. Welch, Ranking Member (R-31)
Email here http://ctsenaterepublicans.com/contact-welch/
1-800-842-1421

Rep. Prasad Srinivasan, Ranking Member (R-031)
Email here http://cthousegop.com/contact-prasad-srinivasan/
1-800-842-1423

Rep. David Alexander (D-058)
Email here David.Alexander@cga.ct.gov
1-800-842-8267

Last names G-L please contact:

Rep. David Arconti (D-109)
Email here David.Arconti@cga.ct.gov
1-800-842-8267

Sen. Dante C. Bartolomeo (D-13)
Email here http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Bartolomeo-mailform.php
1-800-842-1420

Rep. Whit Betts (R-078)
Email here http://cthousegop.com/contact-whit-betts/
1-800-842-1423

Rep. Michelle L. Cook (D-065)
Email here Michelle.Cook@cga.ct.gov
1-800-842-8267

Rep. Theresa W. Conroy (D-105)
Email here Theresa.Conroy@cga.ct.gov
1-800-842-8267

Rep. Christopher Davis (R-057)
Email here http://cthousegop.com/contact-christopher-davis/
1-800-842-1423

Rep. Mike Demicco (D-021)
Email here Mike.Demicco@cga.ct.gov
1-800-842-8267

Last names M-R please contact:

Rep. DebraLee Hovey (R-112)
Email here http://cthousegop.com/contact-debralee-hovey/
1-800-842-1423

Sen. Robert J. Kane (R-32)
Email here http://ctsenaterepublicans.com/contact-kane/
1-800-842-1421

Rep. Themis Klarides (R-114)
Email here http://cthousegop.com/contact-themis/
1-800-842-1423

Rep. James Maroney (D-119)
Email here James.Maroney@cga.ct.gov
1-800-842-8267

Sen. Anthony J. Musto (D-22)
Email here http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/Musto-mailform.php
1-800-842-1420

Rep. Jason Perillo (R-113)
Email here http://cthousegop.com/contact-jason-perillo/
1-800-842-1423

Rep. Emmett D. Riley (D-046)
Email here Emmett.Riley@cga.ct.gov
1-800-842-8267

Last names S-Z please contact:

Rep. Kevin Ryan (D-139)
Email here Kevin.Ryan@cga.ct.gov
1-800-842-8267

Rep. Peggy Sayers (D-060)
Email here Peggy.Sayers@cga.ct.gov
1-800-842-8267

Rep. David A. Scribner (R-107)
Email here http://cthousegop.com/contact-david-scribner/
1-800-842-1423

Rep. Peter A. Tercyak (D-026)
Email here Peter.Tercyak@cga.ct.gov
1-800-842-8267

Rep. Patricia M. Widlitz (D-098)
Email here Patricia.Widlitz@cga.ct.gov
1-800-842-8267

Rep. Melissa H. Ziobron (R-034)
Email here http://cthousegop.com/contact-melissa/
1-800-842-1423

Rep. David Zoni (D-081)
Email here http://www.housedems.ct.gov/Zoni/
1-800-842-8267

2. Please forward this e-mail to every family you know who is not a
member of HSLDA and urge them to contact members of the Committee.

View the text of this bill > >
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17089

Please call or email today!

Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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 and protect
homeschooling freedom for all. Join now:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17088

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