From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


3/18/2013 1:10:25 PM
Mike Donnelly -- HSLDA
URGENT: Calls Needed NOW to Protect Your Family

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

URGENT: Calls Needed NOW to Protect Your Family

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Senate Bill ("SB") 404 will be heard today in the Senate Judiciary
Committee--it has already passed the Senate Education Committee. The
bill would 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? A similar bill did not pass out of the
House last year.

Current truancy laws exist that are adequate to handle absences from
school. Before adding new sanctions schools should enforce the laws on
the books instead of going after families under abuse and neglect laws
just because their children are not in school. This law would also
affect any family that wanted to withdraw their child from school
immediately to homeschool but would be at risk of "habitual truancy"
if they chose not to abide by the 14 day waiting period in the
Homeschool law which HSLDA believes may be unconstitutional.

Action Requested:

Please contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee IMMEDIATELY
and give them the following messages in your own words:

"I am calling to oppose SB 404. SB 404 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 WV so this law is
certainly not indicated. Please vote against SB 404."

Please contact the members according to your last name below and also
your own Senator! To find out whom your senator is you can visit this

If your last name begins with A-G, please contact these Senators
concerning SB 404:

Senator Palumbo (Committee Chair)
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7880

Senator Tucker (Committee Vice-Chair)
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7906

Senator Beach
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7919

Senator Cann
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7904

Senator Cookman
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7980

Senator Fitzsimmons
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7918

If your last name begins with H-O, please contact these Senators
concerning SB 404:

Senator Hall, D.
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7807

Senator Jenkins
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7956

Senator Kirkendoll
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7857

Senator Miller
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7959

Senator Snyder
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7957

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

Senator Unger
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7933

Senator Williams
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7995

Senator Carmichael
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7855

Senator Cole
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7843

Senator Nohe
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7970

Senator Walters
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7866

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

-> Will your children's inheritance retain its value?

If you pass on a legacy of freedom, your children and their
children's children will thank you. But freedom is never secure;
it must always be guarded. Membership with HSLDA is an investment
in the future that can be passed on to future generations of
families wanting to teach their children at home.

More reasons to join HSLDA...

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