From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


3/5/2013 1:22:23 PM
Mike Donnelly--HSLDA
URGENT: Protect Your Family From Unwarranted Abuse and Neglect Investigations

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

URGENT: Protect Your Family From Unwarranted
Abuse and Neglect Investigations

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Several bills have been introduced in the West Virginia Legislature
threatening homeschooling freedoms and parental rights. Your action is
urgently needed to protect our liberties and stop this legislation.
Senate Bill ("SB") 404 and House Bill ("HB") 2197 allow the state to
prosecute for child neglect if a child is "habitually absent from
school without good cause." What is good cause? Who gets to decide?

There are already truancy laws that are adequate to handle absence
from school. Before adding new sanctions schools should enforce the
laws on the books. Families should not be at risk of having their
children taken away just for missing school. This would affect any
family that wants to withdraw their child from school immediately but
would risk "habitual truancy" if they chose not to abide by the 14-day
waiting period in the homeschool law which HSLDA believes may be


Habitual Truancy as Child Neglect--SB 404 and HB 2197. Please contact
members of both the House and Senate Education Committees and give
them the following messages in your own words:

"I am calling to oppose SB 404 (or for the House HB 2197). SF 404/HB
2197 defines habitual school absences as a form of child neglect. This
bill conflates truancy and neglect and allows for parents to be
charged with neglect and possibly lose their children just because
they are missing school. Truancy issues can often be the result of
misunderstandings or miscommunication, and escalating the issue to an
accusation of neglect is unwarranted. Truancy should not be presumed
to be neglect. This bill did not proceed last year after being
studied and should not move forward this year. Last year in the study
committee it was reported that there was over 90% attendance
compliance in West Virginia, so this law is certainly not indicated.
Please vote against SB 404/HB 2197."

Please contact the members according to your last name below and also
your own delegate or senator! To find out who your senator or
delegate is you can visit these links:

House of Delegates:

If your last name begins with A-C, please contact these delegates
concerning HB 2197:

Delegate Mary M. Poling, Chair
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3265

Delegate Josh Stowers, Vice Chair
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3337

Delegate Amanda Pasdon, Minority Chair
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3153

Delegate Linda Sumner, Minority Vice Chair
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3180

Delegate Anthony Barill
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3173

Delegate Jason Barrett
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3188

If your last name begins with D-G, please contact these delegates
concerning HB 2197:

Delegate Denise L. Campbell
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3145

Delegate Ron Fragale
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3102

Delegate Tiffany Elizabeth Lawrence
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3152

Delegate David G. Perry
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3269

Delegate Dave Pethtel
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3158

Delegate Ted Tomblin
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3297

If your last name begins with H-K, please contact these delegates
concerning HB 2197:

Delegate David Walker
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3135

Delegate Larry A. Williams
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3160

Delegate Adam R. Young
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3352

Delegate George Ambler
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3129

Delegate Jim Butler
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3199

Delegate Roy Cooper
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3119

If your last name begins with L-O, please contact these delegates
concerning HB 2197:

Delegate Paul Espinosa
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3130

Delegate David A. Evans
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3151

Delegate Danny Hamrick
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3141

Delegate Suzette Raines
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3340

Delegate Ruth Rowan
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3157

Delegate Steve Westfall
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3140

If your last name begins with P-S, please contact these senators
concerning SB 404:

Senator Robert H. Plymale
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7937

Senator Erik Wells
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7841

Senator Robert D. Beach
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7919

Senator H. Truman Chafin
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7808

Senator Larry J. Edgell
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7827

Senator Daniel J. Hall
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7807

Senator William R. Laird IV
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7849

If your last name begins with T-Z, please contact these senators
concerning SB 404:

Senator Ron Stollings
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7939

Senator Gregory A. Tucker
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7906

Senator John R. Unger II
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7933

Senator Clark S. Barnes
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7973

Senator Donna J. Boley
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7905

Senator Mitch Carmichael
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7855

Senator Bill Cole
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7843

Thank you for all you do in defense of freedom for families in the
great state of West Virginia!

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
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-it should appeal to our members and be effective. Consider what
our members say about us:

The freedom HSLDA allows me to have as I homeschool is wonderful!
They handle the law and I get to dedicate the time to my daughter.
- National City, CA

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us as our children's curriculum. Thank you HSLDA for all you do on
our behalf! - West Valley, NY

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