Legislative Report – January 23, 2013

URGENT! Hearing Scheduled for SB 812 TOMORROW AT 8 A.M.

SB 812, Sen. Tom Garrett’s (R-Louisa) homeschool sports access bill, has just appeared on the docket of the Senate Education and Health Committee for TOMORROW MORNING, 1/24 AT 8 a.m.  This is the committee where last year’s bill failed by a single vote. VaHomeschoolers had no advance notice of this development, and we are relying on the homeschooling community to help get the word out.

(This hearing is in addition to the House subcommittee hearing for HB 1442 at 7:30 in the 5th Floor East conference room. It is much more important for homeschoolers to attend the Senate hearing, since the bill’s fate is very uncertain there. We are fairly confident that it will succeed in the House subcommittee.)

It is URGENT that as many homeschoolers as possible attend this hearing. We need lots of families in the hearing room, and we need as many students as possible to come prepared to give brief, one-minute testimony about why this bill matters to them in particular.

It’s possible that the reason this hearing was scheduled suddenly and at the last minute was in order to make it harder for homeschoolers to appear. We need to show that tactics like that won’t work.


WHEN:  Tomorrow, 1/24, at 8 a.m.
WHERE:  Senate Room B of the General Assembly Building, at 910 Capitol Street in Richmond.
WHO: Homeschoolers who support sports access – and any friends and family you can bring!
WHY:  So the senators will pass the bill this year!

If you cannot possibly come, here is what you can still do to help:

  • Share this message widely! Post it on email lists, tell friends on Facebook, and forward this email to those who might be able to attend.
  • Call or email your senator, particularly if he or she is on the Education and Health Committee. Do this tonight and leave a message, and then please call and email again in the morning to be sure your message to Support SB 812 gets through.

Senate Education and Health Committee Members

(Chairman) Sen. Stephen Martin (R-Chesterfield)
Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria)
Sen. Richard Black (R-Leesburg)
Sen. Harry Blevins (R-Chesapeake)
Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)
Sen. Thomas Garrett (R-Lynchburg)
Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)
Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)
Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)
Sen. Jeffrey McWaters (R-Virginia Beach)
Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News)
Sen. Stephen Newman (R-Forest)
Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk)
Sen. Richard Saslaw (D-Springfield)
Sen. Ralph Smith (R-Roanoke)

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