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HB 1626: House Committee to Vote on Sports Access Bill Monday 1/26

By Karen Skelton, VaHomeschoolers Government Affairs Director

VaHomeschoolers has just learned that the Sports Access bill (also known as the “Tebow bill”) has been scheduled to go up for a vote by the full House Education Committee this coming Monday morning in Richmond.  Del. Robert Bell (R-Charlottesville) and Chief Co-Patron Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding) continue to actively support homeschool sports access, and they are asking for your help! They are encouraging homeschool families to attend Monday morning’s hearing to show support for this bill.

When:  Monday, 1/26 at 8:30 a.m.

Where:  General Assembly Building, at 910 Capitol Street, Richmond. 

VaHomeschoolers directors Parrish Mort and Karen Skelton will meet you in the lobby to direct you to the hearing room, or else go directly to House Room D.

In 2014, the homeschool sports access bill was approved by the Virginia House of Delegates by a vote of 60-39; it then went before the Senate and was voted against in committee by 9-6. This Monday’s vote is the first one for the 2015 bill, and a necessary first step to overall passage.

Our  2013 and 2014 Member Surveys clearly indicated that our membership strongly supports amendment of eligibility rules for public school sports and activities. Families who are not affected directly by this rule continue to support passage of this bill as a matter of equity for homeschoolers in general.

Planning to attend? Please email GovtAffairs@VaHomeschoolers.org  so that should anything change at the last minute we can let you know. Please allow extra time to find public parking in one of the garages nearby.  You can find information about parking here.

For more on how the sports access bill would work, click here.

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