April 9 , 2007: Protect Students’ Rights and Privacy – Contact Your Legislators to vote NO
We have a busy and challenging week ahead at the Legislature –Please read the information below and contact your legislators (Click here to find your Senator and click here to find your Representative) and urge them to vote NO. It is especially important to call your legislators if they serve on any of the committees in which the bills are scheduled this week. Many thanks
Substance Abuse Testing and Welfare Eligibility –
SB102 (Burchett)/HB588(Matlock) requires substance abuse testing for applicants and recipients of public welfare benefits. Both bills are scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, April 11 - SB102 is in Senate General Welfare Committee and HB588 is in House Government Operations Committee.
Parental Consent and Student Clubs –
SB1133/HB905 requires parental permission before students can join school-sponsored clubs. This bill will be heard in Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, April 11. We are concerned about the serious consequences of, and the potential constitutional problems with, these bills. Our concerns focus on the heavy administrative burden created; the potential institutional liability implicated; the negative consequences directed toward at-risk minority students; the discouragement of student participation in important extracurricular activities; and the fundamental constitutional rights it infringes.