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HB 2675 - Expands Sex Education Curriculum - Key Vote

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Dale Righter voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (37-21) - (Key vote)

Title: Expands Sex Education Curriculum

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that expands the sex education curriculum.

Highlights:
  • Requires all classes that teach comprehensive sex education in grades 6 through 12 meet certain criteria including, but not limited to, the following criteria (Sec. 5):
    • All classes teach both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases;
    • All classes teach that abstinence is a responsible and positive decision;
    • All classes teach course material that is “developmentally and age appropriate” and  “medically accurate” and complete; 
    • All classes stress that abstinence is the ensured method of avoiding unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV/AIDS; and
    • All classes replicate evidence-based programs or incorporate elements of evidence-based programs.
  • Defines “medically accurate” as verified or supported by the weight of research conducted in compliance with accepted scientific methods and published in peer-reviewed journals (Sec. 5).
  • Authorizes individuals, including parents or guardians, to examine the instructional materials to be used in comprehensive sex education classes (Sec. 5).
  • Requires the State Board of Education to make available curriculum resources for comprehensive sex education classes on its’ Internet website (Sec. 5).
  • Authorizes parents to submit a written objection to prevent their children from taking comprehensive sex education classes, without penalty (Sec. 5).
  • Specifies that school districts that do not currently provide sex education are not required to teach sex education (Sec. 5).
  • Authorizes school districts’ to choose and adapt the “developmentally and age appropriate”, medically accurate, evidence-based, and complete sex education curriculum that meets specific needs of the community (Sec. 5). 
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (66-52) - (Key vote)

Title: Expands Sex Education Curriculum

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that expands the sex education curriculum.

Highlights:
  • Requires all classes that teach comprehensive sex education in grades 6 through 12 meet certain criteria including, but not limited to, the following criteria (Sec. 5):
    • All classes teach both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases;
    • All classes teach that abstinence is a responsible and positive decision;
    • All classes teach course material that is “developmentally and age appropriate” and  “medically accurate” and complete; 
    • All classes stress that abstinence is the ensured method of avoiding unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV/AIDS; and
    • All classes replicate evidence-based programs or incorporate elements of evidence-based programs.
  • Defines “medically accurate” as verified or supported by the weight of research conducted in compliance with accepted scientific methods and published in peer-reviewed journals (Sec. 5).
  • Authorizes individuals, including parents or guardians, to examine the instructional materials to be used in comprehensive sex education classes (Sec. 5).
  • Requires the State Board of Education to make available curriculum resources for comprehensive sex education classes on its’ Internet website (Sec. 5).
  • Authorizes parents to submit a written objection to prevent their children from taking comprehensive sex education classes, without penalty (Sec. 5).
  • Specifies that school districts that do not currently provide sex education are not required to teach sex education (Sec. 5).
  • Authorizes school districts’ to choose and adapt the “developmentally and age appropriate”, medically accurate, evidence-based, and complete sex education curriculum that meets specific needs of the community (Sec. 5). 
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Expands Sex Education Curriculum

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