TAKE ACTION! Fight to keep sex ed medically accurate! Tell your Senator to vote NO on the House version of Senate Bill 279!
The bill is on the Senate calendar for Monday evening (Sep. 21, 2015).
The week of Sep. 14, a House committee passed a committee substitute for SB279, a bill that in its original form dealt only with licensing requirements for counseling. The committee substitute, passed on September 15, rewrote the licensing requirements and added (1) a requirement to teach about sex trafficking in middle school health and safety programs and (2) struck language that required materials used in sex ed programs be accepted by “experts in the field of sexual health education” and substituted the vague term “experts”
Opponents to the change, like NC NOW, believe that its purpose is to allow faith-based sex education in public schools.
The bill was amended on the House floor to narrow the kind of “experts,” but the amendment does not close the door to faith-based sex ed. The committee substitute (as amended) passed the House and has gone to the Senate for a final vote. Tell your Senator to vote NO on the House version of Senate Bill 279.
To find and contact your NC Senator go to https://northcarolinanow.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/to-take-action-contact-your-representatives-on-a-bill/
To see the bill text, go to http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2015&BillID=sb279&submitButton=Go See Version 4 for changes, and you can read earlier versions for how it was. It is nice to know more about bills, but optional for calling in – you can just call and give the phone person the message and be sure to mention bill SB279. They end up doing more of a tally. I usually request they have my representative contact me (email or mail me) in return.