MUST PROTECT STUDENTS – TRACKING BILLS IN TEX. 86TH LEGE SESSION

Mar 6, 2019 by

“Must Protect Students – Tracking Bills in Tex. 86th Legislative Session”

From Donna Garner

3.6.19  

[COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER: This was sent to me today by hard-working Texas activists who care passionately about the health and well-being of Texas’ youth.  

Please choose the bills on this list that concern you the most; click on the blue link (on the left side of the chart) which will take you to the Texas Legislature Online. Once there, you will see tabs at the top that will show you various aspects of the bill such as the text of the bill itself, the history of the bill (how far along the bill has progressed in the legislative process), who is authoring the bill, a graphic that displays the various stages of the bill, etc. 

Also at the very top of the TLO page, you will see tabs that will indicate exactly how you can contact the author(s) of the bill.  

Please notice the fourth column on this chart which indicates the suggested position taken by the concerned Texas activists who have studied the bills and prepared this helpful list for us all.

I beg of you to take action today. Do not wish you had done something to stop or else promote these bills after the fact – when it is too late.  No regrets – take action!]    

Bills to Track in 86th Legislative Session – Texas

86R HB 111GonzalezRelating to training for employees of school districts and open-enrollment charter schools on the prevention of sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and other maltreatment of certain children
86R HB 366GonzalezRelating to healthy relationships education in public schools.AGAINSTCSE
86R HB 1012BohacRelating to local school health advisory councils and to human sexuality education in public schools.FORTransparency, Accountability
86R SB 377HallRelating to eliminating certain requirements imposed on school districts; establishing a process for review of a school district’s termination or suspension of a classroom teacher.Changes the requirements for SHACs, removes requirement for p.a.p.a. training
86R SB 389CampbellRelating to the prohibition of certain transactions between a governmental entity and an abortion provider or affiliate of the provider.FORProhibit abortion or affiliates from digital or physical presence in schools
86R SB 441CampbellRelating to local school health advisory councils.Requires SHAC Meetings to comply with Open Meetings Act.
86R HB 1113DavisRelating to state contract limitations and programs for sex trafficking prevention and victim treatment.Edits Government Code and Health and Safety Code
86R SB 427LucioRelating to the members of a school district’s local school health advisory council.Could we amend to require every member to be appointed by Trustees?
86R HB 1509CalanniRelating to consent instruction and instruction on the prevention of sexual abuse and sex trafficking for certain public school students.AGAINSTCSE
86R HB 1929NobleRelating to the prohibition of certain transactions between a governmental entity and an abortion provider or affiliate of the provider.FORProhibit abortion or affiliates from digital or physical presence in schools
86R HB 2161Cole, TalaricoRelating to human sexuality education in public schools.AGAINSTCSE Definitions
86R SB 784HughesRelating to human sexuality instruction in public schools.FORTransparency, TEA Commissioner authority
86R SB 933BettencourtRelating to the creation of the office of inspector general at the Texas Education Agency to investigate the administration of public education.FORParental Rights
86R SB 1008CampbellRelating to parental rights regarding a student’s participation in human sexuality instruction in public schoolsFOROpt In; Transparency
86R HB 2756LeachRelating to the protection of parental rights.FORParental Rights
86R HB 3135CainRelating to affirmative defenses to prosecution for certain offenses involving material or conduct that is obscene or otherwise harmful to children.FORRemoving affirmative defenses for exposing children to harmful material and inducing a child into sexual performance

DEFINITIONS CONSISTENT WITH SEXUAL RISK AVOIDANCE

  • ABSTINENCE: not participating in any sexual contact inside or outside the clothing that includes any contact between any part of the genitals of one person and the mouth or anus of another person; any touching of the anus, breast, or any part of the genitals of another person with intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person or any penetration of the female sex organ by the male sex organ (sexual intercourse).
  • AGE APPROPRIATE: topics suitable for a given age group, based on the general developmental and social maturity of the age group. Mere cognitive ability to understand a topic or the atypical development of a small segment of the targeted population will not be deemed as license to present such topic.         
  • CURRENTLY SEXUALLY ACTIVE: According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), this means that an individual has had sex within the past 3 months.         
  • EVIDENCE-BASED: an approach that has a clear theoretical framework integrating research findings with practical implementation relevant to the field; matches the needs and desired outcomes for the intended audience; and if effectively implemented, will demonstrate improved outcomes for the targeted population.  (114th Congress H.R. 453, Healthy Relationships Act 2015, https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/453/text)
  • GATEWAY SEXUAL ACTIVITY: any activity that increases the likelihood of subsequent sexual behaviors that lead to intercourse; an activity that makes it difficult for teens to avoid the progression toward sexual intercourse of any kinds.      
  • MEDICALLY ACCURATE: refers to information that is referenced to peer-reviewed research by medical, psychological, scientific, governmental, or public health publications, organizations or agencies.”     
  • PRIMARY PREVENTION: any activity designed to prevent disease or injury.      
  • RISK AVOIDANCE: an approach that encourages primary prevention to eliminate all consequences of risk behaviors, as opposed to risk reduction.
  • RISK REDUCTION: focuses on simply reducing the consequences of risk behaviors, as opposed to risk avoidance.
  • SEXUAL ACTIVITY: touching sexual or other intimate parts of a person; including outside of the clothing, also called gateway sexual activity; for the purpose of gratifying the sexual desire of a person, including, but not limited to vaginal sexual intercourse, anal sex, oral sex, touching of the breast or buttocks; touching of the genitals, mutual masturbation.  Also called sexual contact.
  • SEXUAL RISK: any sexual activity that exposes oneself to potentially adverse consequences.
  • SEXUALLY EXPERIENCED TEENS: teens that have, at any time in their lives, been sexually active, regardless of their current level of sexual activity.
  • SEXUALLY EXPLICIT WEBSITES:  internet sites that depict, describe, promote, or condone, actual or simulated sexual acts including sexual intercourse, oral or anal sex, or masturbation.        
  • UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS: relationships that risk the emotional, physical, or psychological health of at least one partner.
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