FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2021

Born Alive Bill Signed Into Law

Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming Thankful for bill protecting babies born alive.

CHEYENNE, Wyoming – Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, a pro-family ministry, applauds the enactment of the Born Alive-Infant Means of Care (SF 34) with the Governor’s signature.

The bill, which is sponsored by Senator Cheri Steinmetz (R-Lingle) and Representative Flitner (R-Greybull), ensures that any baby born alive after a failed abortion will receive the same level of care as any other infant.

A statement from Nathan Winters, Executive Director for Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming:

“With the resounding support of the Wyoming legislature and endorsement of the Governor, Wyoming has taken the important step of protecting these vulnerable citizens taking their first breath of Wyoming air.

“This legislation will stand as a silent but strong guardian over any infant surviving an abortion by requiring that medical professionals carry out their ethical and medical duty to provide appropriate medical care or genuine comfort care for a newborn. While physicians can determine what “appropriate and reasonable steps” should be taken, this new law ensures that the next step can’t be to do nothing.

“We are honored to have been a part of this effort and applaud the legislature and Gov. Gordon for advancing this new law.”

 

Media Contact:

For questions or to schedule an interview with Nathan Winters, please contact Robert Noland at 719-308-2822 or Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com.

 

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Family Policy Alliance works to advance biblical citizenship and promote public policy that protects religious freedom, families, and life.

 

URGENT! We need all subscribers from the state of Wyoming to help us TODAY. An issue has arisen again in Laramie County School District #1, and all of Wyoming must take action to stop it or it will likely come your way.

As you know, waves of progressive ideology are sweeping the nation. These include the ideas that America is a racist nation, and that gender is based upon a spectrum of feelings rather than biology. Both have been used as wedge issues to drive children to adopt a new iteration of Marxism, an ideology our country fought to preserve the world from in the Cold War one generation ago.

The battleground for this ideological takeover? Our schools. There is an effort to make teachers take classes that teach the ideas of “Critical Race Theory” and use gender preferred pronouns. These teachings are enforced by “diversity coordinators” who are given authority over the future of a teacher’s career as they enforce this new ideology. Then, the teaching trickles down to our kids.

And now, it’s hitting home right here in Wyoming.

Recently proposed policies in Laramie County School District #1 would require teachers to teach divisive critical theory. The policy goes so far as to specifically ask them to name differences among students. Below are two slides from training given to LCSD1 employees:

If we do not stop these policies, diversity enforcers will have unbridled power to punish even unintentional infractions. The policy is not only a danger to our children, but also threatens the constitutional rights of teachers.

I am asking you to write to the LCSD#1 school board TODAY and ask them to reject any policy that would eliminate the due process rights of a teacher.

These comments are needed by tomorrow morning.

Please email these addresses:

darlene.davis@laramie1.org, RoseAnn.MillionRinne@laramie1.org, Marguerite.Herman@laramie1.org, Rich.Wiederspahn@laramie1.org, Alicia.Smith@laramie1.org, Brittany.Ashby@laramie1.org, Tim.Bolin@laramie1.org, christy.klaassen@laramie1.org

Please email the above addresses with a subject line something like “Comment on proposed LCSD1 School policy” and a paragraph like the following. Some changes to wording is good, but not vital.

Dear LCSD1 School Board Trustees:I am a concerned citizen of Laramie County. Please correct wrongful policy proposals now under review. The proposed changes to Chapter 6 (Personnel) and Chapter 8 (Students) for handling harassment and discrimination charges give inadequate regard for justice, due process, and constitutional rights. Extensive changes are needed. Please provide for constitutionally protected speech, change the standard of evidence to “clear and convincing,” broaden the bases for respondent appeal, and limit the extraordinary and excessive power of the “Title IX Decision Maker.”

Respectfully,

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Nathan Winters

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

 

P.S. If you’d like to reference our more detailed recommendations, they are listed below. If you wish, you may use any or all of these in addition to the above paragraph for your email. However, the most important thing is to communicate the short paragraph, above.


Existing policies and proposed policy amendments posted here: https://go.boarddocs.com/wy/laramie1/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=9XRKQU508FF2

  1. Provide for constitutionally protected speech. A clause appears in one section, but this is needed in the overarching paragraph of each section governing discrimination for students and employees. In particular: Chapter 6 Section 23 page 257, Chapter 6 Exhibits Admin regs page 266, Chapter 8 Section 25 page 507 second paragraph, Chapter 8 Exhibits Admin regs pages 507 and 519. In these places, add a provision to read: Constitutionally protected speech, including reasonable expressions of academic, religious, or political viewpoints appropriate to the setting, may not form the basis of a finding of any form of discrimination, harassment or other violation unless it is sufficiently and objectively so serious as to: 1) cause substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school; or 2) substantially limit or deny a student’s ability to participate or benefit from an educational program.
  2. Change the Standard of Evidence from “Preponderance of evidence” to “Clear and Convincing evidence.” Finding teachers or students in violation of discrimination or sexual harassment policies is likely career-ending for employees, and expulsion would be emotionally and educationally crippling for students. Preponderance of the evidence is merely “50% likely, plus a feather.” The clear and convincing standard requires the decision maker to be clearly convinced that a violation happened in order to find anyone guilty of such weighty charges. This change should be made anywhere the “preponderance” standard is cited, including Chap6 page 275 5.c, Chap8 Sec25 page 275, Chap8 Exhibits page 529 IV.C.5.c.
  3. Broaden bases for appeal. If a broader scope for appeal is not provided, an unjustly accused respondent’s only recourse is to take the case to court: an expensive and divisive process for everyone. Anywhere bases for appeals are listed, insert as basis #1: “Unequal treatment under the policy based on protected class, denial of free speech or academic freedom, denial of due process of law, or violation of fundamental fairness.”
  4. Limit the extraordinary and excessive power of the “Title IX decision maker.” A specially trained advisor with such limited duties may or may not be needed, but the regular disciplinary process should determine guilt and disciplinary action. Currently, Title IX staff are being equipped with training materials provided by the activist organization WEEAC and certified in accordance with the gender-ideology of the ATIXA organization. They are not well suited to finally adjudicate these controversial cases in K-12 schools. Correct this problem by changing duties and process flow in the appropriate sections of Chapters 6 and 8 (including Exhibits).

A proverb often attributed to George Washington states: “Government … Like fire, is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master.”

 

While it’s uncertain that George Washington really spoke those words, the proverb still rings true and captures the challenge that has faced humanity since the first governments were formed in history. Government can not only allow us to protect ourselves from external aggression but can also be used to oppress and coerce citizens.

Unfortunately, history demonstrates that governmental oppression has been far more common than liberty – and this fact proves painfully true in the realm of education.

Last month, a parent from Sweden emailed a pastor named John Piper with a concern that struck close to home. In his email he described a national education system overtaken with the radical extremes of modern Marxist thought, specifically with ideas that teach that maleness and femaleness is defined by how you feel about your body rather than biology. He added that Sweden has placed so many restrictions upon Christian and private schools that they are forced into the position of teaching that same ideology. In Sweden, an attempt to remove your child from such indoctrination by teaching them within the home is grounds for the government to remove them from home and force them into foster care.

Such stories are rightly shocking to families in America, but we have to understand that it is a clash of worldviews that creates stories such as these. Central to the clash is the question of whether families or governments should have the primary responsibility of raising children.

There is no doubt that families can benefit when government supports the family structure. Also, government and civil society receive tremendous benefit from the traditional family.  The clash comes when some view government as the prime authority deciding what is best for the child.

That mindset is popular among some within the government and in academia. And because of that mindset among the liberal elites, Americans face growing pressure to bow to certain “experts” within the public school system. These “experts” teach ideas such as “Critical Race Theory” and the gender spectrum (including a “non-binary” gender in which someone is neither a man nor a woman). They teach that boys should be allowed to play in girls’ sports (disregarding the very real physical advantage boys have), and they instruct our children that the whole world is subdivided by a Marxist narrative of “The Oppressed” and “The Oppressor.”

When such ideas grow within a government, that government is on the cusp of changing from servant to master. Having recently fought against that change here in Wyoming, I ask all of you to stand firm in your calling to speak the truth in love as Christians and as American citizens.

Because of your help, Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming has been blessed to provide a greater voice in speaking about these crucial topics as they surface in Wyoming. Thank you for standing with us to ensure that the government is a source of protection, not tyranny.

For freedom,

Nathan Winter
Executive Director

Every Wyoming parent and citizen concerned about children’s education should read this.

On Monday, the 10th of May, Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming entered our first legal action on behalf of families in Wyoming. Laramie County School District #1 (LCSD1) was set to administer a “Student Climate Survey” designed by the Metropolitan State University-Denver’s Western Educational Equity Assistance Center (WEEAC).

Thankfully, the same day the lawsuit was filed, the survey was postponed. An extraordinary number of you emailed school board members to thoughtfully express your concerns and ask them to not administer the survey. They listened to you; you have been heard. We want to thank the Board of Trustees for any influence they had over the postponement.

Let’s look into the events that led to this last-minute action.

Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming had been engaged with the issue from the very beginning. In late 2019, at a community meeting with LCSD1 staff about how to address issue of bullying and harassment in school, we objected to the district’s adoption of WEEAC’s programs that promote extreme ideology far beyond what was appropriate to address one incident by one student at McCormick Junior High.

As we mentioned last week, WEEAC provides teaching resources from:

  1. The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that has placed two highly respected organizations on its “hate list” and places them in the same category as Nazi skinheads and extremist groups.
  2. The Anti-Defamation League which has, over the last several years, promoted legislation that would target people of faith who hold to a scientific and biblical understanding of human sexuality.
  3. A list of 24 “anti-racist” books, including authors Ibrim X. Kendi and Robin Diangelo, which promote Critical Race Theory, a theory derived from Marxism. Kendi calls Capitalism and racism “cojoined twins” and attacks capitalism as racist. Diangelo asserts “only whites can be racist,” and “white identity depends on the oppression of blacks.”
  4. A resource list (under the heading of “LGBTQ+”) that recommends controversial gender ideology concepts like “intersectionality” and promotes LGBTQ+ activist groups.

Missing from the WEEAC resource list is any group that would provide a balanced worldview. For a number of years, LCSD#1 has used a peer-reviewed program from the Olweus Institute that has shown a steady and dramatic drop in bullying incidents over the past decade. Ignoring the Olweus program and survey, and touting the WEEAC survey, is more about promoting a political agenda than addressing the issue at hand.

Over the past year and a half, the district hired a “Diversity Coordinator” and advanced radically divisive ideas that would flabbergast the majority of residents in Cheyenne.

As parents saw the direction the new “equity and diversity” conversation was going, many turned to Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming to ask what could be done.
We submitted a Wyoming Public Records Act request asking to:

  1. See the Survey
  2. Look at correspondence leading to the selection of the WEEAC survey
  3. View the success of the Olweus anti-bullying survey already in use
  4. See the cost of the new diversity efforts
  5. View diversity training materials already given to teachers

In response to the first part of the request, LCSD1 told Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming that the “student climate survey” from WEEAC was proprietary and parents wouldn’t be able to see the questions before it would be administered. LCSD1 was largely unresponsive to the other four parts of our Public Records request, too.

The School Board had been assured that the parents would receive correspondence that would describe the survey and then they would have a chance to opt-out if they were concerned with the nature of the questions.

However, parental notification was a text message that said little and provided a link that would take a parent through a convoluted process to finally opt-out of the survey. The link was only available briefly, and the chance to opt-out ended a couple of weeks before the survey was to be administered. This process was not adequate for hard-working parents to make informed decisions about what their children are taught.

Late Thursday evening, we learned that when the survey was administered in Albany County, that school district provided an opportunity for parents to view the survey beforehand. So why couldn’t they provide it to Laramie County parents? Furthermore, it’s simply implausible to claim that a proprietary survey must be kept from the parents when the questions will be given to every student from 5th grade and up! At Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, we believe that nothing taught to students should be withheld from parents.

After learning this, we engaged a lawyer to stop the survey at least until parents could look at the questions. This was a last resort after LCSD1 ignored months of polite requests, and our official and mandatory request for public records was treated capriciously. While the survey has been postponed for the moment, we believe it is largely because of the pressure of many concerned citizens and the intervention of certain conscientious members of the school board. We recognize that the underlying concern with LCSD1’s lack of transparency will remain as we seek to learn where and how deeply radical ideology has moved into Cheyenne Schools.

Please share information you may have related to these concerns with us when you have it. Know that Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will be standing with you. Most importantly, continue to pray and stand for truth.

Sincerely,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

 

In March of 2019, an incident happened at McCormick Jr. High School in Cheyenne that shocked the entire community. One junior-high student placed four or five posters with terrible and unconscionable statements in the school. The posters were taken down before the school day began and the student was suspended.

In the following months, Laramie County School Board #1 hired a “Diversity Coordinator” and began to implement new strategies in an effort to ensure that such incidents would not happen again. Sadly, as part of that effort, LCSD#1 turned to a program from Metropolitan State University-Denver called the Western Educational Equity Assistance Center or WEEAC.

WEEAC is an organization that:

  1. Provides teaching resources from the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that has placed two highly respected family policy organizations on its “hate list”, putting them in the same category as Nazi skinheads and extremist groups.
  2. Provides resources from the Anti-Defamation League, which over the last several years has promoted legislation that would target people of faith who hold to a scientific and biblical understanding of human sexuality.
  3. Provides a list of 24 “anti-racist” books, including books from Ibrim X. Kendi and Robin Diangelo, among others, which promote Critical Race Theory, a theory derived from Marxism. Kendi calls capitalism and racism “conjoined twins” and attacks capitalism as racist.
  4. Includes a resource list that, under the heading of LGBTQ+, features an entire list of materials promoting ideas such as “intersectionality” as well as “queer and trans artists.”

But here’s what’s not on the resource list: any group that would provide a balanced worldview.

Now, in Laramie County School District #1, a new private “Climate Survey” from WEEAC will be administered to students on May 12. In spite of calls for the survey questions to be made public to parents, the school district has claimed that the information is proprietary. The idea of this being proprietary when the questions will be given to every student from 5th grade and up makes the claim implausible at best. At Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, we believe that nothing taught or given to students should be withheld from parents.

For a number of years, LCSD#1 has used a peer-reviewed program (and survey) from the Olweus Institute that has shown a steady and dramatic drop in bullying incidents over the past decade. Moving from the Olweus survey to the WEEAC survey is more about promoting a political agenda than addressing the issue at hand.

We are asking for you to write to the school board and stop the survey. Please Click here to email the school board today.

And please share with others in Wyoming – and especially anyone in Laramie County!

Sincerely,


Nathan Winters
Executive Director

With the Wyoming session over, I want to address one of the gravest threats to Religious Liberty we have ever faced as American Citizens. This threat attained warp speed while we were working hard in Wyoming.

In February of this year, H.R. 5 was filed in the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation has been ironically named the “Equality Act.” I say ironically because it renders us unequal by declaring that some people or beliefs deserve special privileges over others.

As Christians we must be clear about this, “That all men are created Equal” is the “self-evident truth” to which our founders appealed as they established our nation. Establishing equality for all men, regardless of race, was a root cause of the Civil War. 620,000 American soldiers were killed outright in battle or died of disease as they fought to determine the scope of our promised equality.

Equality is the heartbeat of the American experiment, but we must define equality and talk about how equality works in civil government.

For most Americans, equality is defined as treating everyone as equal under the law and ensuring equality of opportunity. But sadly, some have a different and far more insidious definition of “equality”. The new definition declares that some causes and new rights are of greater value than others. In the case of H.R. 5, progressive views of human sexuality trump common-sense policy and fundamental freedoms.

What does this  look like in practice? Take a Christian baker, who is willing to sell cakes to anyone who walks into his bakery but reserves the right to only make specialty cakes that do not conflict with his Christian beliefs. The new definition of “equality” declares that the right to his beliefs is secondary or of lesser value compared to the rights of the person who wants him to make a cake in violation of his beliefs.

Furthermore, H.R. 5 directly attacks the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” showing even more clearly that the intent is to make some viewpoints “more equal” than others. The bill states, “The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 shall not provide a claim concerning, or a defense to a claim under, a covered title, or provide a basis for challenging the application or enforcement of a covered title.” In other words, if sex or gender is at issue – this federal statute meant to protect your religious freedom may not apply.

Clearly, two views of Equality are on the table. The traditional American views says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….. It says that it makes most sense for girls and boys to have their own sports teams. It says that God made us male and female and some of our everyday practices naturally acknowledge that.

The other view is H.R. 5, which is currently in the U.S. Senate.

I am writing you to encourage you to email our Senators and remind them that we believe in true equal rights and that is why we ask them to stand against the falsehood of “The Equality Act.”

For true equality,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

Those who stand for a state where families thrive, religious freedom flourishes, and life is cherished have 6 reasons to rejoice after the legislative session ended.  Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming tracked 20 separate pieces of legislation, both good and bad, through the Legislative session this year. Thankfully, most of the damaging legislation was stopped and 6 bills have received their final signature from the Governor. One bill still remains on the Governor’s desk awaiting his endorsement.

Bill Number Subject FPA-WY Position Status of the Bill (Committee)
HB 085 Unlawful Dissemination of Intimate Image For SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
HB 253 University of Wyoming-ban on funding for abortions For SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
SF 034 Born Alive-Infant Means of Care For SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
SF 087 Voyeurism Amendments For SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
SF 096 Homicide Amendments For SIGNED BY GOVERNOR
SF 130 Charter Schools For Governor’s Desk

 

The session was very successful, and it has been wonderful to watch a number of new legislators stand strong for biblical values. In the coming weeks we will provide you details of how the legislators stood on Life, Liberty and Family Values.

Thank you again for your support and it is a blessing to partner together to encourage the historic values that made our nation great in the halls of Wyoming government.

Sincerely,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

For Immediate Release
February 6, 2020

 

 

Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming Launches


Cheyenne, Wyo.
– Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, a pro-life, pro-family and pro-religious freedom organization, announced its official launch today. The Christian ministry is part of a larger movement of state-based organizations working with national ally, Family Policy Alliance, which is located in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will have an active presence in the capitol and across the state as it advocates for a Wyoming where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

The organization will be led by Executive Director Nathan Winters–a pastor and former state representative–who said:

“Wyoming has worked hard over the years to stand up for the rights of the preborn, and Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will be here to help our state persist against efforts to change that. Similarly, extraordinary amounts of money from out-of-state lobbying firms have been spent targeting our state and advocating that belief in First Amendment religious freedoms should end in the name of the advancing sexualization of our culture. Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will be a voice that will stand for religious freedom.”

Working with voters, legislators, churches, pastors, business leaders and activists, Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming will engage on public policy at the state, local, and federal levels on a number of important social issues as well as in elections to advance pro-life, pro-family and pro-religious freedom values.

Paul Weber, president & CEO of Family Policy Alliance, expressed enthusiasm for the work in Wyoming:

“We are proud to see Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming launch today—the first such pro-family organization in the state—after much hard work on the ground. Nathan Winters is uniquely equipped to address the cultural, legislative and electoral challenges facing Wyoming. We look forward to supporting his work in advancing a Wyoming where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.”

Mr. Winters added, “Over the years serving both as a Pastor and in the State Capitol in Cheyenne, I have seen the tremendous need to articulate the historic Christian view of ‘speaking the truth in love.’ Wyoming has historically stood strong for pro-life, pro-family policy; but we know that outside forces in our national culture are seeking to change that.”

Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming is part of an alliance of state and national organizations dedicated to protecting life from conception to natural death, God’s design for family and religious freedom. Family Policy Alliance is a public policy partner of Focus on the Family.  More information is available at FamilyPolicyAlliance.com/Wyoming.  

For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with Nathan Winters, contact Robert Noland at: 719-308-2822 or media@familypolicyalliance.com.

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A powerful bill protecting live babies has passed the Legislature! Senate File 34 (Born-Alive-Infant Means of Care) is an important bill that affirms a simple truth: babies born alive after an attempted abortion deserve the same right to medical care as any other infant.

Last year, a similar bill passed with supermajorities in both houses of the legislature, yet the Governor vetoed the bill at the last minute.

This year, the bill was slightly modified and resubmitted as Senate File 34 (Born Alive Infant-Means of Care). It passed with even more votes than last year!

This year, 26 of 30 Senators and 48 of 60 Representatives voted to pass the bill. This was a gain of 3 votes in the Senate and 4 votes in the House of Representatives.

But now we need your support. We need you to email the Governor of Wyoming and ask him to endorse Senate file 34 (Born Alive-Infant Means of Care). It only takes a minute at our Action Center. Click here to send a message now!

Let’s make sure that this time, the bill becomes law.

Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming’s mission is and will always be to defend the lives of the most vulnerable among us. We will continue to advance citizenship where life is cherished, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and God is honored.

Thank you to every state legislator and the numerous people from across Wyoming who worked tirelessly on this legislation. Last year’s veto only showed us even more the need for us to stand alongside and partner with elected officials that also choose to defend the lives of the most vulnerable. And now, we prayerfully hope that with your help the Governor will choose to sign this bill. Please send the Governor a message today.

 

Thank you for standing with us!

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

 

P.S. Now is the time to contact the Governor. Please do so today! After you’ve sent him a message, you can also call him at (307) 777-7434.

 

Wyoming’s legislative session is the shortest in the nation. While several states have the same number of days allocated every two years (60), Wyoming separates those days allotted into 40 days in odd years and 20 days in even years. Even in that short amount of time, Wyoming tries to address the same amount of legislation as larger states. This makes a legislative session a sprint. Legislation can rapidly fly through the process. By the time most people know that the legislation is being heard, it may have died or be through the process completely.

We are nearing the end. Of the 20 bills we have been following, 8 bills are still up for final votes and 2 have completely passed the process.

 

Bill Number

Subject

FPA-WY Position

Status of the Bill (Committee)

HB 070 Abortion-Informed Consent

For

Not Heard in CoW
HB 073 Birth Certificates – Gestational Agreements

Opposed

Concurrence Committee (Passed both chambers, legislators are reconciling differences between the two versions) 
HB 085 Unlawful Dissemination of Intimate Image

For

Passed
HB 106 Wyoming Education Options Act

For

Died in Education Committee
HB 134 Human Heartbeat Protection Act

For

Not Hear in CoW
HB 147 Education Expenses

For

Died in Education Committee
HB 161 Human Life Equality-Prohibiting Discriminatory abortions

For

Placed in Senate General File
HB 183 Anti-Discrimination

Opposed

Not Released
HB 218 Bias Motivated Crimes

Opposed

Died in Committee
HB 235 Human Life Protection Act

For

 Not Released
HB 253 University of Wyoming-ban on funding for abortions

For

Placed in Senate General File
SF 034 Born Alive-Amendments

For

Placed on House General File
SF 087 Voyeurism Amendments

For

Passed
SF 096 Homicide Amendments

For

Passed
SF 100 Internet Freedom-Prohibiting Discrimination

For

Died in House Judiciary Committee
SF 123 Lottery games-Keno

Opposed

Passed Committee
SF 128 Temporary Delegation of Parental Authority

For

Died in Committee
SF 130 Charter Schools

For

Placed on House General File
SF 133 Prohibit Abortifacients and Chemical Abortions

For

Not Assigned to House Committee
SF 138 School board trustees-party affiliation.

For

Not Assigned to House Committee

 

Each of these bills have been selected because of the particular impact they can have on life, religious freedom, and family values.

As the session closes, the joint committees from each chamber select issues to discuss between now and the next session. This year, the Joint Judiciary Committee has selected “Hate-Crimes” as one of its interim topics. Over the last several years, we have seen the “hate” label used as a means of punishing Christian business owners for fair business practices consistent with their consciences.

The Hate Crimes issue will continue to grow in importance. I will be providing more information as the issue moves through the legislature.

Sincerely,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director