Originally Sent: 5/14/2014
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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,
Last week, the Colorado Legislature finally closed its 2014 session! It’s been a long few months, and we are deeply grateful for all your hard work this year to protect homeschooling freedom and parental rights.
Your efforts made a significant impact on the legislature this session. Hours before the legislature’s doors closed for the year, the House concurred with the Senate’s amendments to House Bill 1288. This bill originally would have required that parents “certify” that they are informed about immunizations before being able to claim a personal exemption. However, Senate amendments removed this requirement and the bill is now being sent to the governor with the personal exemption still intact.
However, Senate Bill (SB) 32, which would have restored the right of parents to make basic decisions about what kind of health care is best for their children was postponed indefinitely by the House Health, Insurance, and Environment Committee.
HSLDA also tracked a series of other bills this session:
House Bill 1039, establishing procedures to link student data between publicly funded early education programs and the data collected by public schools, was postponed indefinitely by the House Education Committee.
House Bill 1294, which prohibits the sharing of individual student data to other organizations or agencies outside the state, was passed by the legislature and is now going to the governor.
Senate Bill 33 (income tax credit for homeschool students) and Senate Bill 131 (tax credit for expenses incurred to provide supplemental education services) were both killed in committee.
Senate Bill 136 to delay the Common Core standards was postponed by the Senate Education Committee.
Senate Bill 203 improved standards to provide high-quality legal representation to parents involved in dependency and neglect proceedings who lack the finances to obtain legal representation. This bill was passed by the legislature and sent to the governor.
For more information about the bills that HSLDA tracked in Colorado this session, you can view the bill summaries and information here.
Thank you for your support of homeschooling freedom in Colorado!
Very truly yours,
Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Your HSLDA Staff Attorney
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