Sports Access Bill (HB 63) Set to be Heard Thursday, 2/20 at 8:30a.m.

Delegate Rob Bell’s (R-Albemarle) bill HB63, known as the Tebow Bill, is scheduled to be heard before the full Senate Education and Health Committee this Thursday, February 20 on the first floor, Senate Room B of the General Assembly Building, at 910 Capitol Street in Richmond at 8:30 a.m.
Show Your Support!
If you believe homeschoolers should have the right to try-out for public school sports and activities then please take action now. Legislators need to know that homeschoolers care about this bill. 

Here are a few ways you can help…

Send an email. Now is the time to place calls and send emails. Remember, legislators are most interested in hearing from their own constituents. Identify your legislators on the General Assembly website. If they are one of the committee members listed below, send an email to your senator.  His or her email address can be found by clicking the link that appears. Ask them to “Please vote yes on HB 63″ when it comes before them.  If you would like to, let them know why the issue of homeschool sports access matters to you.

Make a phone call. Take a few minutes to call the General Assembly “Constituent Viewpoint” number at1-800-889-0229. You will be asked for your name, address, and the issue on which you are expressing your opinion (be sure to specifically refer to HB 63). Your message will be transmitted to your legislators. (You can also request the number to speak with your legislator’s office directly.) If you speak directly with your legislator’s office, be prepared to answer why it is important to you and to dispel some popular myths about the bill.  To educate yourself before the call, visit our Homeschool Sports Access page to learn more by reading the articles linked in the right column.

Plan a trip to Richmond. Your presence makes a difference. It’s early in the morning and it’s a long drive for many of us, but when legislators see families care enough to come, and hear what homeschooled students have to say in testimony, they are more likely to consider the bill.  Please consider making the trip and encouraging friends to come, too. Plan to arrive early, and consider helping your child to write and/or rehearse a very short statement explaining why this bill matters to him or her personally.  If you are planning to attend, please email GovtAffairs so that should anything change at the last minute we can let you know. Please note that there is no parking at the General Assembly Building itself.  Leave plenty of extra time to find public parking.

Share this information. Please send this email to friends, family and other homeschool lists and ask them to support these bills. Ask them to contact their legislators to express support for HB 63. It only takes a moment, but it will make a big impact.

Share our website!  VaHomeschoolers has put together a great deal of information about homeschool sports access on our new website.  Let people know that they can learn about what the bills really say, why they are worthy of support, what other states are doing, and much more by visiting our newHomeschool Sports Access page.  No one has done more to research this issue than we have, and we want as many people as possible to recognize where they should go to get informed.

Senate Education and Health Committee 
If your Senator is listed below it is especially important for you to write or call.  These Senators are the ones that will be voting on HB63 this Thursday

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria)
Sen. Richard Black (R-Leesburg)
Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)
Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)
Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)
Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)
Sen. Louise Lucas -Chairman (D-Portsmouth)
Sen. Stephen Martin (R-Chesterfield)
Sen. Jeffrey McWaters (R-Virginia Beach)
Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News)
Sen. Stephen Newman (R-Forest)
Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Mount Vernon)
Sen. Richard Saslaw (D-Springfield)
Sen. Ralph Smith (R-Roanoke)






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