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3/4/2013 11:29:47 AM
Tj Schmidt--HSLDA
Oregon--Your Calls Needed Today!

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Oregon--Your Calls Needed Today!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

As you may have already heard, the Oregon Health Care and Human
Services Committee will have a hearing in the Senate today at 3 p.m.
on Senate Bill 274. This bill will require all children 7 years old or
younger to obtain a comprehensive eye exam before they begin school.

Senate Bill 274 will require all parents to take their children to an
optometrist or ophthalmologist to for a full eye exam. Parents will
have to obtain a certificate verifying that the exam has been done.

This bill applies to all public school, private school, and homeschool
students.

We believe that Senate Bill 274 unreasonably burdens all parents by
forcing them to get an eye exam for their children even if there is no
indication that they have vision problems. Since this bill applies to
all schoolchildren, this is not a homeschool issue but a parental
rights issue.

Please contact the committee members listed below and courteously
inform them that you are opposed to this bill. You do not need to
identify yourself as a homeschool parent but as a concerned parent and
taxpayer. Please call now!

REQUESTED ACTION

Please call and/or email the members of the Senate Health Care and
Human Services Committee members listed below with this message in
your own words:

"Please oppose Senate Bill 274. This bill places an unnecessary and
costly burden on parents by requiring their children to have a
comprehensive eye exam before entering school. As a parent I am in the
best position to know when my children need to have their eyes
examined or not. The state should not force me to do so even if I know
my child's vision is fine. Please vote against Senate Bill 274."

If your state senator is on this committee, please let him or her know
that you are a constituent. You do not need to indicate that you teach
your children at home.

Senate Health Care and Human Services:

Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson, Chair
Phone: 503-986-1725
Email: Sen.LaurieMonnesAnderson@state.or.us

Senator Jeff Kruse, Vice-Chair
Phone: 503-986-1701
Email: Sen.JeffKruse@state.or.us

Senator Tim Knopp
Phone: 503-986-1727
Email: sen.timknopp@state.or.us

Senator Chip Shields
Phone: 503-986-1722
Email: Sen.ChipShields@state.or.us

Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
Phone: 503-986-1717
Email: Sen.ElizabethSteinerHayward@state.or.us


BACKGROUND

Senate Bill 274 would:

> Require all parents to have their children undergo a comprehensive
eye exam at age 7 or when they first enter school;

> Require the exam be conducted by an optometrist or ophthalmologist
and would require a "diagnosis of the eye and any measurement or
assistance of the power or range of the vision of the eye." It appears
that a simple eye screening would not be sufficient;

> Require all parents pay for an exam when there is no evidence that
their child has any vision problems; and

> Force homeschool parents to keep a certificate on file as
verification that they have complied with the eye exam law. While
there is no indication that proof of this exam will be required to be
submitted to the ESD when you submit your notice, it is possible that
an attempt could be made to add this. If Senate Bill 274 passes then
state law would require the certificate and having homeschool parents
verify this would only be a very small step.

To see more information on this and other bills HSLDA is monitoring in
Oregon, visit our website at: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17413
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If you are not already a member, please consider joining HSLDA and
help support home education freedom in Oregon and beyond. You can join
online at: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17414 .

Sincerely,

Thomas J. (Tj) Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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