On Tuesday the House Education Committee failed to pass HB1789, the “Tim Tebow Home School Law.” This law would have allowed home schooled students to participate in public school extracurricular activities. The bill received only 7 votes from the 20-member committee. Rep. Mark Lowery (R-Maumelle) is planning to present the bill again on Thursday. The Arkansas Education Association, the Arkansas School Board Association, the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators, and the Arkansas Activities Association testified against the bill in committee today, and all are trying to kill it.
Anyone who wants to see this bill pass should contact members of the committee listed below. Below is a list of the members of the House Education Committee and how they voted on HB1789 today.
Voted for the Bill
Rep. Les Carnine – 479-636-2619; email@example.com
Rep. Jon Eubanks – 479-963-6217; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Bruce Cozart – 501-767-5999; email@example.com
Rep. Charlotte Douglas – 479-430-0170; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Mark Lowery – 501-803-9062; email@example.com
Rep. Mark Biviano – 501-230-5751; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Ann Clemmer – 501-316-0364; email@example.com
Voted Against the Bill
Rep. Homer Lenderman – 870-926-7914; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. John Catlett – 479-495-9662; email@example.com
Rep. Gary Deffenbaugh – 479-474-5895; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. James Ratliff – 501-454-8200; email@example.com
Rep. Charles Armstrong – 501-224-5071; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Brent Talley – 870-983-2717, email@example.com
Rep. Robert Dale – 479-331-3503; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. John Edwards – 501-664-4938; email@example.com
Did Not Vote
Rep. Karen Hopper – 870-431-8934; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Jody Dickinson – 870-523-8222, email@example.com
Rep. Sheilla Lampkin – 870-367-6349; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Debra Hobbs – 479-636-3982; email@example.com
Rep. James McLean – 870-698-1399; firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Rep. McLean is the chairman of the committee; generally, committee chairs do not vote on a bill unless the bill appears to be one vote shy of passing.
Call or email the members of the committee. Ask them to vote for HB1789, the “Tim Tebow Home School Law.” You can leave a message at the House switchboard during normal business hours. Call 501-682-6211. Be sure to thank the representatives who voted for the bill today.