“All your children will be taught of the Lord, and great will be your children’s peace,” (Isaiah 54:13).

Friday, January 31, 2014

CHEWV - Capitol Update

In light of the legislative threats to home schooling freedoms this year, please consider attending the home school day at the Capitol on February 20th, 2014. It is time once again that legislators understand that our freedoms are very precious to us and that we will not hesitate to defend them.

Update on HB 4005
HB 4005, as reported previously has been placed in a subcommittee, the members of the subcommittee have met and are continuing to meet to attempt to amend this bill so that it can be brought before the full House Judiciary Committee for consideration. It is not known when HB 4005 will be voted on in the subcommittee and passed on to the full committee.

By attempting to make a crime of neglect which causes the risk of bodily harm,bill sponsors have created a piece of legislation that is overly broad and open to interpretation. Those on, the subcommittee have been put in the position of trying to determine what practices in life, which could create a risk of harm, should be protected from prosecution. Some exemptions being considered to protect people from prosecution are:
  1. An exemption for failure to immunize.
  2. An exemption for making reasonable medical decisions
  3. An exemption for reasonable disciplinary action
  4. An exemption from getting hurt playing sports
  5. An exemption from being charged for being involved in a lawful activity.
 It is also becoming apparent that HB 4005 not only effects parents but anyone who works with children such as teachers or day care workers.

Prior to the introduction of HB 4005 in the House Judiciary committee last week. Much time and energy was put into trying to change the language of the bill so that it would not pose a risk to parents. It appeared that a compromise had been struck, yet when HB 4005 was presented in committee none of the compromises suggested by HSLDA and others were included in the language of the bill. While efforts to strike a compromise are continuing , it seems apparent that there is a determined contingent on the committee that still wants to create legislation that simply gives to much power to the government. This would be a good time to take a closer look at the kind of legislation individual members of the committee typically introduce. Does it take away freedoms or defend freedoms? This situation highlights the need to support good candidates for office and work to remove those who do not have your same values.

I would like to repeat what I said last week.
This kind of bill is advanced by those who believe that government and its agencies are innately good, and, as such, should gain power over the people unhindered. It takes President John Adams's axiom, "A Nation of Laws and Not of Men," and stands it on its head. Instead, we become "A Nation of Men and Not of Laws."

This bill is not needed because children are already protected under the civil code. Based on an analysis by HSLDA
1.        Simple risk of simple neglect shouldn't be criminalized if the feared harm is “only” substantial physical pain, illness or impairment of physical condition”
2.       The State already has Chapter 49-1-3 the abuse and neglect code to go after neglectful parents
a.       49-1-3(7)(H) defines imminent danger to physical well-being of a child if parents use of drugs/alcohol or controlled substance has impaired parenting skills to pose an imminent risk to child’s health or safety.
b.  It appears the only circumstances in which law enforcement can take a child is if they are abandoned or emergency medical help is needed.  Courts are authorized to order the department to take children if imminent danger presents.  This suggests that law enforcement might need to work more closely with social services, if there are such situations that  they might envision needing their help.  Sounds like they want the authority to intimidate people with criminal prosecution rather than refer the matter to the department. By adding this new section people are put at risk of criminal and civil prosecution for the same activity..
3 .Police and law enforcement are mandatory reporters under 49-6A-2.
4. The definitions of bodily injury are being taken from the sexual offenses section of the code.

Our Message
Please let your Delegate know that you oppose HB 4005. Particularly the members of the Subcommittee -  Delegate Ellem Delegate Shott Delegate Marcum Delegate Sponaugle Delegate Fleischauer. Their contact information can be found below.

Please contact your Delegate on the House Judiciary Committee and tell them you oppose HB 4005. Let them know you do not think laws should be made which are based on the risk of bodily injury. “I am calling to oppose HB 4005 which creates new and unnecessary misdemeanor criminal charges if a parent or guardian creates a ‘risk’ of bodily injury. Bodily injury means the potential for "pain, illness or impairment of physical condition." Here is an excerpt from HB 4005: (d) If a parent, guardian or custodian neglects a child and by that neglect creates a substantial risk of bodily injury, as defined in section one, article eight-b of this chapter, to the child, then that parent, guardian or custodian, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, for a first offense, shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 or confined in jail not less than thirty days nor more than six months, or both fined and confined.

So what about the HB 4134 the West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act or RFRA?
 As reported earlier, it was converted to the West Virginia Religious Freedom and Liberty Restoration Act. A provision was inserted by a member or members of the Judiciary Committee which mandated that anytime someone felt that they did not agree with a government regulation, for example putting the trash out on the curb on Thursdays as one of our delegates pointed out, that that person could file a suit in court and demand that their liberty not be infringed upon. Not only would this create chaos because no government regulation could be enforced; but it would, I am being told, create the foundation for special rights for homosexuals. What this provision has done is hijack a perfectly good bill whose only purpose was to protect the God-given right to religious liberty.
Some have been working to get the provision removed and have been met with counter proposals that are unacceptable. It would appear likely that the same members of the committee who are supporting HB 4005 are also working to either kill the RFRA or convert it into a bill which departs from its original purpose. 

Background on the RFRA
HB 4134 - The West Virginia Religious Liberty Restoration Act (RFRA)
The RFRA is a bill concerned with ensuring that individuals who believe that a governmental regulation is unfairly burdening their practice of religion can be assured that they will have the right to have their claim heard in a court of law. The RFRA then requires the courts to use the “compelling interest test” to determine if the governmental regulation is valid. If the government regulation is allowed to stand then the government must apply the “least restrict means” when it apply the regulation to a person of faith.

HB 2452 – Requiring parents to allow their children to spend time with their extended family.
It is likely that HB 2452 will be taken up by the House Judiciary Committee.
House Bill (“HB”) 2452 establishes procedures for extended family to be granted visitation rights. The bill requires courts to grant visitation rights upon finding that “visitation would be in the best interest of the child and would not substantially interfere with the parent-child relationship.” This bill would allow courts to override legitimate parental decisions without any determination of parental fitness.  But the United States Supreme Court has said that fit parents are deemed to make decisions in their children’s best interests.
Please contact the House Judiciary Committee and ask them to uphold this important principle that parents know what is best for their children – including issues like family visitation.  

Action Requested
Please contact the House Judiciary Committee and give them the following messages in your own words:

“I am calling to oppose HB 2452 which threatens a parent’s right to decide who can spend time with their children. HB 2452 would authorize courts to override the legitimate decisions of fit parents to determine whether visits from extended family are appropriate. If a parent is not abusing or neglecting their children, courts should not substitute their judgment of what is “best” for children over the parent’s decision. Please oppose HB 2452 and others like it, including HB 2110.”

A report on efforts by legislators to confront the Common Core will be in the next Capitol Report!


House Judiciary Committee

Tim Manchin 
(304) 340-3252
Mark Hunt 
(304) 340-3392
John Ellem 
(304) 340-3394
Patrick Lane 
(304) 340-3275
Michael Ferro
(304) 340-3111
Barbara Fleischauer
(304) 340-3169
Dana Lynch
(304) 340-3916
Linda Longstreth
(304) 340-3124
Mike Manypenny
(304) 340-3139
Justin Marcum
(304) 340-3126
Clif Moore
(304) 340-3189
John Pino
(304) 340-3170
Meshea Poore
(304) 340-3106
Stephen Skinner
(304) 340-3248
Isaac Sponaugle
 (304) 340-3154
Danny Wells
(304) 340-3287
Cindy Frich
(304) 340-3125
Bill Hamilton
(304) 340-3167
Eric Householder
(304) 340-3274
Lynwood Ireland
(304) 340-3195
John McCuskey
 (304) 340-3183
John O'Neal
(304) 340-3164
John Overington
(304) 340-3148
John Shott
 (304) 340-3187
Kelli Sobonya
(304) 340-3175

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

THESIS Achievement Testing Reminder

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Hope you are warm and snug on this snowy Tuesday!

Just a quick reminder that the deadline to register for testing with CHEWV, via THESIS as a test center, is Saturday, January 25th. 

**Please note that there is no guarantee of test availability if you do not register on time!**

Click here for FAQ about testing.

To register online for private or test-center testing, or to print out a form for registering via mail, click here.

Liz DeRoos is the Marion County test coordinator, so please contact her with any testing questions.