HB 567, the Student Parent Privacy Act, would allow students an opportunity to opt out of having their info sent to recruiters. The simple bill, only a few paragraphs long, would require schools to notify students and parents that their info will be sent to recruiters unless they choose to opt out. On the same form, they could indicate their wish to opt out; they could then return the form to the school, which would forward it to the board of education, causing those students' info to be kept private. The bill was introduced in both the state House and state Senate this week and is currently in the Education Committee of the house and the Education and Youth committee of the Senate.
It is a violation of privacy to hand over minors' contact information, essentially to advertizers, who will then pester them nonstop.
Please call your state representative and state senator to tell them to support HB 567. You can go to Congress.org and type in your address to find your state legislators' contact information. If your legislators start hearing from their own constituents it will make a huge difference! The bill is so common sense, it would be hard for any legislator, Republican or Democrat, to oppose: how can you object to informing people before giving out their phone numbers?
Please call your legislators and urge them to support HB 567. Here's an example of what you could say:
"I'm a constituent of ________, calling to urge them to support HB 567, the Student Parent Privacy Act. The bill would prevent students' contact information from being given to military recruiters without their knowledge or consent. It is important to protect minors' privacy. It would be a simple matter for schools to send a form home with students giving them this important notice and allowing them an easy way to control their private information. This bill is just common sense. Can I count on him/her to vote yes on HB 567?"
If each legislator gets even a few calls from their own constituents, that will be a huge step toward getting this bill passed.
Below is a list of the phone numbers of every member of the Education committees of the house and senate. They are supposed to represent the entire state when acting as committee members, so they need to hear from you too! Pick one on the list or call a few:
Education and Youth Committee Members
Fran Millar (Chairman) (404) 463-2260
William Ligon, Jr. (Vice Chairman) (404) 656-0045
Jesse Stone (Secretary) (404) 463-1314
John Albers (404) 463-8055
Vincent Fort (404) 656-5091
Donzella James (404) 463-1379
Freddie Powell Sims (404) 463-5259
Horacena Tate (404) 463-8053
Lindsey Tippins (404) 657-0406
Tommie Williams (404) 656-0089
Bill Jackson (404) 651-7738
Chip Rogers (404) 463-1378
Education Committee Members
Brooks Coleman (Chair) 404.656.9210
David Casas (Vice Chair) 404.656.0254
Tommy Benton (Secretary) 404.656.0177
Tom Dickson 404.463.2247
Kathy Ashe 404.656.0116
Rick Austin 404.656.0287
Paul Battles 404.656.0152
Amy Carter 404.651.7737
Mike Dudgeon 404.656.0298
Terry England 404.463.2245
Hugh Floyd 404.656.0314
Wayne Howard 404.656.6372
Jan Jones 404.656.5072
Margaret Kaiser 404.656.0265
Edward Lindsey 404.656.5024
Howard Maxwell 404.656.5143
Rahn Mayo 404.656.6372
Randy Nix 404.656.0177
Ann Purcell 404.656.5139
Barbara Massey Reece 404.656.7859
Ed Setzler 404.656.0177
Willie Talton 404.656.5116
Rashad Taylor 404.656.0220
Sam Teasley 404.656.0177
Brian Thomas 404.656.0220
Andy Welch 404.656.0109
Congress.org: get your legislators' contact info.
Read the bill on the legislature's website.