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Thursday, January 28, 2010

 1:44 PM 

Senate signs off on comprehensive sex ed

The state Senate today signed off on a bill to prohibit school districts from teaching abstinence-only sex ed classes.

The bill, approved 18-15, requires those districts that include a human growth and development course to incorporate sex education along with the benefits and reasons for abstaining from sexual activity.

Opponents complained the bill takes local control away from school districts and forces them to teach a sex education course forced upon them by lawmakers in Madison.

Proponents countered districts are still allowed to teach abstinence, but they also must take a more comprehensive approach is they are going to offer courses on human development.

The bill was amended in the Senate to require educators to instruct students about penalties for having sex with anyone under age 16. The amended bill now goes back to the Assembly.

Read the bill.

See the roll call.


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