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Action Requested—Send HB 295 to a Committee of Conference to Protect Homeschool Freedom

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Dear New Hampshire Members and Friends,

Thank you for your calls and emails to the New Hampshire Senate. On June 6, however, the Senate voted to pass HB 295 without any changes to protect against confusing and overly broad language that could be interpreted to restrict the ability of homeschool groups to operate. The bill is now schedule to go back to the House for further action.

Representative Donald Lebrun, the bill’s primary sponsor, has told HSLDA he intends to ask the House to send the bill to a committee of conference at their next scheduled session on June 26. The committee of conference is a joint committee of House and Senate members convened to iron out final differences in bills. We are asking that language be added to HB 295 to clarify that groups of homeschool parents are not to be considered “youth skills camps.

Action Requested

Please contact your representative and urge him or her to send HB 295 to the committee of conference to make sure that the law will not affect your right to organize homeschool groups. In your own words, give your representative the following message:

“Please vote to send HB 295 to a committee of conference so that important clarifying language can be added to the bill to protect groups of homeschooling parents from having to get a license and undergo background checks. HB 295’s primary sponsor Donald Lebrun agrees that the bill should go to a committee of conference in order to address this important issue. As a citizen, I appreciate the intent of the bill to protect children who participate in camps. However, HB 295’s definition of a ‘youth skills camp’ is simply too broad and needs clarifying language to make sure that parent-organized groups do not have to get a license or conduct background checks in order to operate. Many homeschoolers organize groups that could be interpreted to fit HB 295’s overly broad definition of ‘youth skills camps.’ Of course, homeschooling parents should not have to apply for a license or have a criminal background check in order to meet together or organize groups that offer enrichment activities for their children. A committee of conference can address this issue. Please send HB 295 to a committee of conference to deal with this important issue. Thank you.”

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Thank you for all your work in defending homeschool freedom!

Live Free or Die!

Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Your HSLDA Staff Attorney

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