As we shared last Friday (read more here), HB 1164 passed at the Thursday, February 25th meeting of the House Health, Insurance, and Environment Committee. (Read more information about HB 1164 here, including an overview of the bill and how it would affect the privacy and freedom of homeschool families.)
Dear Homeschool Families,
I want to thank each of you who engaged with CHEC in the battle for family freedom and privacy over the last two weeks leading up to yesterday’s hearing of HB-1164 by the House Health, Insurance, and Environment Committee.
CHEC sounded the alarm and it was clear to the committee that you answered the call. Yesterday, many of the committee members spoke of the large amount of phone calls and emails they received regarding this bill. In fact, there was so much testimony in opposition to the bill that the hearing did not end until 9 pm!
In spite of the overwhelming opposition by the public, the bill passed through committee on a party line vote of 7 to 6.
As the details regarding HB 1164 have come into focus, it is has become clear that this bill, in its current form, will result in a loss of freedom and increased government scrutiny for homeschool families who are required to fill out immunization exemption forms.
Immediate Action Requested
If your family desires to see your freedoms and privacy preserved, I urge you to make your voice heard in two ways:
As we shared in our update last week, we are continuing to monitor HB16-1164 and its ramifications for homeschool families. This week we have a helpful overview of the bill written by Senator Kevin Lundberg. We urge you to:
- Read the original bill here and then read Senator Lundberg’s overview below
- Plan to attend the hearing on February 25th
- Submit your comments to the House Health, Insurance & Environment committee where the bill will be heard (contact information is here gathered from here)
CHEC is currently monitoring a bill (HB16-1164) that was introduced to the Colorado House of Representatives on January 28, 2016 and is scheduled for hearing on February 25th.
While the details regarding the total impact of this bill are still being collected, it appears that HB16-1164 presents a potential threat to the privacy and freedom of all homeschool families and a direct threat to families who are homeschooling under non-public school law (i.e. enrolled in private schools which allow homeschooling).
Here is what we need you to do: