House Bill #7044 (2018)

AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM

Permits that age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate education on consent and sexual activity be increased in secondary schools as part of a family life course.

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  • 2018 – H 7044
  • 2018 – H 7044 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • LC003070
  • LC003070/SUB A
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  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2018
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION – CURRICULUM
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION – CURRICULUM
  • Introduced By: Representatives Solomon, Blazejewski, McKiernan, Serpa, and Fellela
  • Date Introduced: January 03, 2018
  • Referred To: House Health, Education & Welfare
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Section 16-22-18 of the General Laws in Chapter 16-22 entitled "Curriculum [See Title 16 Chapter 97 - The Rhode Island Board of Education Act]" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 16-22-18. Health and family life courses.
  • (a) Every secondary school teaching courses in family life or sex education within this state shall include, as part of the course instruction, abstinence from sexual activity and refraining from sexual intercourse as the preferred method of pregnancy prevention and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Provided further, part of the course instruction may incorporate age-appropriate elements of effective and evidence-based programs on the law and meaning of consent. Such age-appropriate elements of effective and evidence-based programs on the prevention of pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and sexual violence may include instruction that increases student awareness of the fact that consent is required before sexual activity.
  • (b) Upon written request to the school principal, a pupil not less than eighteen (18) years of age or a parent or legal guardian of a pupil less than eighteen (18) years of age, within a reasonable period of time after the request is made, shall be permitted to examine the curriculum program instruction materials at the school in which his or her child is enrolled.
  • (c) A parent or legal guardian may exempt his or her child from the program by written directive to the principal of the school. No child so exempted shall be penalized academically by reason of the exemption.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage. ======== LC003070 ========
  • SECTION 1. Section 16-22-18 of the General Laws in Chapter 16-22 entitled "Curriculum [See Title 16 Chapter 97 - The Rhode Island Board of Education Act]" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 16-22-18. Health and family life courses.
  • (a) Every secondary school teaching courses in family life or sex education within this state shall include, as part of the course instruction, abstinence from sexual activity and refraining from sexual intercourse as the preferred method of pregnancy prevention and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Provided further, part of the course instruction may incorporate age-appropriate and developmentally-appropriate elements of effective and evidence-based programs on the law and meaning of consent. Such age-appropriate and developmentally- appropriate elements of effective and evidence-based programs on the prevention of pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and sexual violence may include instruction that increases student awareness of the fact that consent is required before sexual activity.
  • (b) Upon written request to the school principal, a pupil not less than eighteen (18) years of age or a parent or legal guardian of a pupil less than eighteen (18) years of age, within a reasonable period of time after the request is made, shall be permitted to examine the curriculum program instruction materials at the school in which his or her child is enrolled.
  • (c) A parent or legal guardian may exempt his or her child from the program by written directive to the principal of the school. No child so exempted shall be penalized academically by reason of the exemption.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage. ======== LC003070/SUB A ========
  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO EDUCATION – CURRICULUM
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  • This act would permit that education on consent and sexual activity be increased in secondary schools as part of a family life course.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC003070 ========
  • This act would permit that age-appropriate and developmentally-appropriate education on consent and sexual activity be increased in secondary schools as part of a family life course.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC003070/SUB A ========

Votes

NOTE: Electronic voting records are unofficial and may not be accurate. For an official vote tally, check the House or Senate Journal from the day of the vote.

Floor vote for PASSAGE

March 14, 2018 at 4:34pm
Yeas: 62 / Nays: 3 / Not voting: 10 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida NV
Rep. Amore Y
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros Y
Rep. Bennett Y
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Canario NV
Rep. Carson Y
Rep. Casey Y
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Chippendale N
Rep. Corvese NV
Rep. Costantino Y
Rep. Coughlin Y
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Cunha Y
Rep. Diaz Y
Rep. Donovan Y
Rep. Edwards Y
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi Y
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Giarrusso Y
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hearn NV
Rep. Hull Y
Rep. Jacquard Y
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian Y
Rep. Keable Y
Rep. Kennedy Y
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lancia Y
Rep. Lima Y
Rep. Lombardi Y
Rep. Maldonado Y
Rep. Marshall Y
Rep. Marszalkowski Y
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan Y
Rep. McLaughlin Y
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendonca Y
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Morgan NV
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardolillo NV
Rep. Newberry Y
Rep. Nunes Y
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. O'Grady NV
Rep. Perez Y
Rep. Phillips Y
Rep. Price NV
Rep. Quattrocchi N
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell Y
Rep. Regunberg Y
Rep. Roberts N
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley NV
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater Y
Rep. Solomon Y
Rep. Tanzi Y
Rep. Tobon Y
Rep. Ucci NV
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson Y
Rep. Walsh Y
Rep. Williams Y
Rep. Winfield Y

Floor vote for Passage In Concurrence

June 23, 2018 at 9:13pm
Yeas: 24 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 13 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere NV
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Cano Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley NV
Sen. Cote NV
Sen. Coyne NV
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. DaPonte NV
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag NV
Sen. Fogarty NV
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Gee NV
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Jabour Y
Sen. Lombardi NV
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Metts NV
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan NV
Sen. Nesselbush NV
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell NV
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y