From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


2/8/2013 12:27:23 PM
Scott Woodruff--HSLDA
Virginia--Call Now to Support SB 908 As Passed!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Dear Virginia HSLDA Members and Friends:

Two parental rights bills are making progress in the Virginia General
Assembly, but only one of them, SB 908, explicitly protects your
fundamental right to direct the education of your child. We need your
phone calls to help this bill!

Although SB 908 passed the Senate, it is now in some danger as it
moves to the House of Delegates. When the House committee reviews SB
908 next week (possibly on Monday afternoon), they might refuse to
accept the bill's language that explicitly protects your fundamental
right to direct the education of your child. The committee earlier
refused to accept that language in the companion bill, HB 1642. The
result is that HB 1642, though still a good bill, is now significantly
weaker than SB 908.

We deeply appreciate the fact that the House committee last week (and
subsequently the full House) historically endorsed the principle that
parental rights in general are fundamental. But it's important to go
beyond generalities and mention educational rights specifically.
That's what SB 908 does, and it's important to protect that.

Action Requested

If your delegate is listed below, please call him or her--preferably
today or Monday morning. Your message can be as simple as "Please vote
to report SB 908 without any amendment." In the list below, we have
indicated which delegates voted "yes" on HB 1642. If your delegate is
one, please give him this message instead: "Thank you for supporting
parents' rights as fundamental in your Feb. 1 vote on HB 1642. But
please vote to report SB 908 without any amendment."

Use this link to find out who your delegate is:

Contact Infomration, House Courts of Justice Committee

Delegate David B. Albo--VOTED YES
(804) 698-1042

Delegate Terry G. Kilgore
(804) 698-1001

Delegate Robert B. Bell--VOTED YES
(804) 698-1058

Delegate Benjamin L. Cline--VOTED YES
(804) 698-1024

Delegate Salvatore R. Iaquinto--VOTED YES
(804) 698-1084

Delegate C. Todd Gilbert--VOTED YES
(804) 698-1015

Delegate Jackson H. Miller
(804) 698-1050

Delegate G. Manoli Loupassi
(804) 698-1068

Delegate Ronald A. Villanueva
(804) 698-1021

Delegate Gregory D. Habeeb
(804) 698-1008

Delegate Peter F. Farrell--VOTED YES
(804) 698-1056

Delegate J. Randall Minchew--VOTED YES
(804) 698-1010

Delegate Rick L. Morris--VOTED YES
(804) 698-1064

Delegate Joseph P. Johnson, Jr.--VOTED YES
(804) 698-1004

Delegate Vivian E. Watts
(804) 698-1039

Delegate David J. Toscano
(804) 698-1057

Delegate Charniele L. Herring
(804) 698-1046

Delegate Jennifer L. McClellan
(804) 698-1071

Background Information

The delegates who voted "no" on HB 1642 are Charniele Herring,
Jennifer McClellan and Vivian Watts. Those not listed in this elert as
"no" or "yes" votes were not present and did not vote.

Here is the language of SB 908, the strong bill: "A parent has a
fundamental right to direct the upbringing, education, and care of the
parent's child."

Here is the language of HB 1642, the weaker bill: "A parent has a
fundamental right to make decisions concerning the care, custody, and
control of the parent's child."

If the House Committee reports SB 908 without amendment, as we are
asking, and the House subsequently passes SB 908 as is, HB 1642 will
no longer be necessary, and Delegate Pogge will withdraw her bill.

The Family Foundation and Home Educators Association of Virginia are
united with HSLDA and in supporting this
legislative effort.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
Senior Counsel
Home School Legal Defense Association

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:

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