Bills that would adjust sex ed notifications clear House, advance to Senate

On the eve of the transmittal deadline in the state legislature, a pair of bills looking to amend parental notifications for public sex education passed out of the House of Representatives Friday morning.

The two bills, House Bill 502 and House Bill 566, look to amend Senate Bill 99 which gives parents at least a 48-hour notice of any “human sexuality instruction” planned for a school class or event along with the option to withdraw their kids from it without penalty.

Both passed their third readings on the House floor, despite widely differing propositions to amending the law.

Since its passage during the last session, SB 99 has resulted in curriculum overviews and legal consultation by school districts over what exactly would qualify as human sexuality and how to best inform parents. Curriculum under the law’s current language includes lessons that contain or mention, “intimate relationships, human sexual anatomy, sexual reproduction, sexually transmitted infections, sexual acts, sexual orientation, gender identity, abstinence, contraception, or reproductive rights and responsibilities.”

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To act in compliance with the law, many school districts sent parents either one annual notice or individual notices throughout the year detailing

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