HISEY: Some good news in the final week

By Senator Dennis Hisey

First – good news for parental rights and homeschoolers, as well as a mea culpa from me.

I wrote earlier that there was a homeschool exemption in SB20-163 as it left the Senate for the House. Turns out I was incorrect and several people let me know. Thank you, I do read the comments you send back. Given our interrupted session and as the bill was still working its way through the House, it seemed prudent to wait for the final vote to report back.

Thanks to Senator Lundeen from Monument carrying the message in a final conference committee and the willingness of the bill sponsors to negotiate, the Home School exemption was added to the final version of the bill on Saturday.

People utilizing the Home School exemption do not need a note from their doctor, do not have to watch a state-produced video about vaccinations and are not added to a state-controlled database. If the local school district comes knocking, parents will have to provide written confirmation that they have chosen to not vaccinate their children. Sorry, we couldn’t get that right for every parent as they make parenting decisions regarding their children.

Read the rest of the editorial on the Cañon City Daily Record website.

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