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 – 501-247-4395; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Jon Eubanks – 479-438-0533; email@example.com
Rep. Bruce Cozart – 501-627-3232; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Charlotte Douglas – 479-632-2187; email@example.com
Rep. Mark Lowery – 501-837-5221; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Mark Biviano – 501-230-5752; email@example.com
Rep. Ann Clemmer – 501-912-4893; firstname.lastname@example.org
Voted Against the Bill
Rep. Homer Lenderman – 870-926-7914; email@example.com
Rep. John Catlett – 479-495-9662; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Gary Deffenbaugh – 479-719-8197; email@example.com
Rep. James Ratliff – 870-275-4425; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Charles Armstrong – 501-224-5071; email@example.com
Rep. Brent Talley – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Robert Dale – 479-970-3503; email@example.com
Rep. John Edwards – 501-680-5248; firstname.lastname@example.org
Did Not Vote
Rep. Karen Hopper – 870-421-7560; email@example.com
Rep. Jody Dickinson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Sheilla Lampkin – 870-723-6449; email@example.com
Rep. Debra Hobbs – 479-236-0139; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. James McLean – 870-613-0617; email@example.com
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.