I guess this shouldn't come as a huge surprise given his history, but sources are telling me that Rep. Matt Wingard (R-Wilsonville) will not allow Oregon House Bill 4016, which expands the list of mandatory reporters for child abuse, for a vote in the House Education Committee.
HB 4016 would apply only to those volunteers who had direct care and control of children outside the supervision of an otherwise mandatory reporter. The bill is supported by the Oregon District Attorney's Association and the Oregon Community College Association. Coalition of Oregon School Administrators representative Chuck Bennett also spoke favorably of the bill in committee last week. Stand For Children is expected to endorse the legislation as well.
So who's against the bill? The Oregon Christian Homeschooling Network who has posted action alerts to their members, resulting in an avalanche of emails and calls to legislators to stop the bill. They call it "repugnant" and say it will limit the church's ability to get volunteers. And they'll have to (gasp!) train people on how to report abuse.
Seriously. That's their argument. Go read it for yourself. Wingard is all too happy to pander to this crap.
The four Democrats on the committee have sent Wingard a letter, asking that he allow the bill to come up for a vote. This is happening, incidentally, in the House Education Committee, which Wingard made so notoriously dysfunctional last session.
This is ridiculous and Wingard deserves to hear about it.
His Oregon House office phone number: 503-986-1426
His email: email@example.com
Call his office. Write an email. Send the avalanche his way.