High School Students Lobby Legislators for Saran-Wrap Sex Ed Bill

Feb 25, 2018 by

BOSTON — The lead House sponsors of a bill requiring that sexual health education be “medically accurate, age-appropriate” pumped up high school students lobbying for the bill Thursday but acknowledged the bill’s prospects in the House this session are uncertain.

State Representatives James O’Day and Paul Brodeur, both chairmen in Speaker Robert DeLeo’s House, rallied with about 80 students participating in a Planned Parenthood lobby day at the Massachusetts State House. Brodeur, who was first elected in 2010, told the students the bill had “been around longer than I’ve been in the Legislature,” and O’Day emphatically said, “we absolutely have to get this bill passed this session.”

 

The Massachusetts Senate in July approved the bill by a 31-6 vote and the bill has been before the House Ways and Means Committee ever since.

Asked if they expect to see the bill reach the House floor before the end of formal sessions in July, both O’Day and Brodeur chuckled and said, “We certainly hope so.” The House Ways and Means Committee, led by Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.

The bill (S 2128) would require that school districts offering sex education adopt a policy ensuring parental notification, allow parents to opt their children out, and provide curriculum “appropriate for students regardless of gender, race, disability status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.”

Source: High School Students Lobby Legislators for Saran-Wrap Sex Ed Bill | NewBostonPost

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