Sunday, June 14, 2015


seek an exemption for situations when parents 
remain on-site with their children - at a bare minimum

House Bill 1276 was sponsored by Representative Katharine Watson. Contact her and/or her staff and urge her to make an exemption for situations when parents remain on-site with their children. Ask them to protects parental rights. 

Visiting her office is the most effective way to reach out to her, then calling her. The third is emailing her at Concerns may also be directed to her staffer, Loreen, at

Hon. Katharine M. Watson 
41A East Wing
PO Box 202144
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2144 
(717) 787-5452 
Fax: (717) 783-8934

Hon. Katharine M. Watson
1432 Easton Road 
Suite 4-I
Warrington, PA 18976
(215) 343-8090 
Fax: (215) 343-8150

Secondly, contact the rest of the members of Children and Youth Committee, particularly, Representative Dan Moul, co-sponsor of HB1276 and prime sponsor of last session's HB435 which is now Act 153 of 2014. He was in the news playing politics with the families of the Commonwealth when the welfare of our children is on the line. His email is

Hon. Dan Moul 
G32 Irvis Office Building
PO Box 202091
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2091 
(717) 783-5217  
Fax: (717) 772-5499

Hon. Dan Moul
30 West Middle Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 334-3010 
(866) 646-4915 
Fax: (717) 334-8426

Understand why we cannot allow Act 153 to stay as is here and here.  

Third, complain to your local legislators because s/he probably voted for it. Remind them that Sandusky passed background checks. Inform and challenge them to do their research because abuse is prevalent in the public school system where everyone passes the background checks.  

From Ninette Jackson's facebook status who is a lawyer and a homeschool mom:

"As many of you know there is a lot of confusion in churches and homeschool networks (including co-ops) over Act 153 and its requirement for background checks and CPS education as to when and how to report for volunteers. There is a concern about volunteers and parents being unduly burdened. If you agree, I think it would be prudent to call your representatives today and request an exemption for situations during which parents remain on-site with their child. That exemption is clear, concise and protect parental rights. There is a push to repeal the law as well, which I think - unfortunately - is great but unlikely in the current political environment. We can, however, ask for that as well as asking if Act 153 remains that it be amended to add the exemption The amendments are being discussed today and the one currently on the table (HB 1276) is VERY poorly written and may well be worse than the actual law."

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