scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Calif BSA license plates
Lynn Oakleaf (oakleaf3@JPS.NET
Fri Mar 31 2000 - 09:46:42 CST
This week I received the e-mail following the line of asterisks from a
source I know and the idea sounded great, so I distributed the e-mail to
people I know and got the following in reply:
Regarding the scout license plates, if a portion of the funds go to
scouting, the State, under present legislation, can require that Scouting
not discriminate. One of the defenses of Scouting has been that it is a
special purpose private organization not funded by the public, but by it's
members. How do you know that this bill is not an attempt to force Scouting
to accept gay leaders and female scouts?
IF YOU HAVE SUPPORTED OR DISTRIBUTED THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE TO SCOUTS IN
CALIFORNIA, YOU MAY WANT TO RETHINK YOUR POSITION AND/OR ALSO DISTRIBUTE THE
ABOVE MESSAGE WITH IT
Pleasant Hill, CA
Dear Scouting supporters,
Please read and react. If this Senate measure is to pass, we need the
written support of all registered Scouters in California!
On March 14, the California State Senate Transportation Committee approved
SB1366 (a bill jointly authored by Senator Mountjoy and Senator Montheith,
that would establish a special license plate for Boy Scouts of America). The
bill received the bare minimum number of votes necessary for passage, 7 of
12 Committee members. The bill would provide for a special BSA license
where part of the funding would go to local BSA offices, and make it
to expand Scouting programs for California boys and young men.
A bill that would stand in the way of the Boy Scout plate, SB1329
also passed from the committee. Senate Bill 1329 denies license plates to
groups which "discriminate" on the basis of "sexual preference" or
"religion". Senate Bill 1329 is aimed directly at Boy Scouts.
To learn more about the bills, go to the California State Senate Website:
www .sen.ca.gov/ and check the legislation link.
The 13-member Senate Appropriations Committee will hear SB 1366 and SB 1329
next. If we are to convince the Senate Appropriations Committee of the
statewide support for SB 1366, we need many, many more letters and
Please, send an e-mail or letter to their local State Senator.
In addition to sending letters and petitions to your local Senator, please
forward a copy to Senator Dick Mountjoy. Senator Mountjoy is a true
champion of the Boy Scouts and can be reached at:
500 North First Avenue #3 Arcadia, CA 91006.
If you circulate petitions or letters for others to sign, be sure each
individual includes his or her address, city and zip code. It is perfectly
acceptable for many people to sign one letter or a petition.
In your letter, you might remind your local Senator that:
1. Scouting has been a positive influence on countless young people for
over 90 years.
2. Funds from the BSA license plate sales would be distributed to Scouts
based on the zip code where the plates were sold to expand Scouting
programs, particularly those for at-risk youth.
3. Boy Scouts is a proven program. Scouting teaches good citizenship and
leadership skills to boys from young Cub Scouts to mature Eagle Scouts.
Providing funding through the voluntary purchase of a license plate will
allow the program to reach even more young men.
4. 98% of former Scouts with 5 or more years in Scouting graduated from
high school and more than 40% graduated from college. 63% of Air Force
graduates, 68% of West Point graduates, 70% of Annapolis graduates, 72% of
Rhodes scholars, 85% of FBI agents, 26 of the first 29 astronauts, 85% of
student council presidents, and 89% of senior class presidents were Boy
As adult leaders, we are expected to lead by example. Now is your chance to
show your support and tell your government how you feel. Write, e-mail, or
fax your State Senator now, and forward this e-mail on to all your friends
and fellow Scouters in California. Character Counts - now is the time to
demonstrate your character.