Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 520

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 20-11-7.

Synopsis: Indiana commission on abstinence education. Establishes the Indiana commission on abstinence education. Establishes a nine member commission and establishes the requirements and appointing authority for each member of the commission. Provides that the term of a lay member is two years. States that the state department of health shall provide the commission with staff, administrative support, and office space for carrying out the purposes of this chapter. Specifies topics about which the commission is required to educate students, teachers, and the public concerning the benefits of abstaining from sexual activity before marriage. Allows state employee members of the commission to receive reimbursement for traveling expenses and other expenses incurred in connection with the member's commission duties. Allows legislative members of the commission to receive the same per diem, mileage, and travel allowances as members of the general assembly serving on interim study committees established by the legislative council. Provides that the commission expires June 30, 2005.

Effective: July 1, 2001.





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    January 22, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedure.







Introduced

First Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2001)


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SENATE BILL No. 520



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. IC 20-11-7 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]:
     Chapter 7. Indiana Commission on Abstinence Education
    Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "commission" refers to the Indiana commission on abstinence education.
    Sec. 2. The Indiana commission on abstinence education is established.
    Sec. 3. The commission consists of nine (9) members appointed as follows:
        (1) Two (2) members of the house of representatives, who are not of the same political party, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives with the advice of the minority leader of the house of representatives.
        (2) Two (2) members of the senate, who are not members of the same political party, appointed by the president pro tempore of the senate with the advice of the minority leader

of the senate.
        (3) The state superintendent of public instruction or the superintendent's designee.
        (4) The commissioner of the state department of health or the commissioner's designee.
        (5) A lay member who is the parent of a public school student, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.
        (6) A lay member who is the parent of a public school student, appointed by the president pro tempore of the senate.
        (7) A superintendent (as defined in IC 20-10.1-1-6 ) or a principal, appointed by the state superintendent of public instruction.
    Sec. 4. (a) A member of the commission may be removed at any time by the member's appointing authority.
    (b) The appointing authority shall fill a vacancy on the commission by appointing a new member for the unexpired term.
    (c) The terms of the legislative members expire at the election of the general assembly following the appointments. A vacancy occurs if a legislative member leaves office for any reason.
    (d) The term of a lay member of the commission is two (2) years. The term of a lay member filling a vacancy is for the remainder of the unexpired term. A lay member continues in office until a successor is appointed.
    Sec. 5. (a) At the first meeting of the commission each year, the members shall elect:
        (1) one (1) member to be the commission's chairperson; and
        (2) one (1) member to be the commission's vice chairperson.
    (b) A vacancy in the office of chairperson or vice chairperson shall be filled by a vote of the remaining members. The term of office of a person chosen to fill a vacancy expires at the first meeting of the commission the following year.
    Sec. 6. The commission shall meet annually at the call of the chairperson or at other times the commission determines.
    Sec. 7. The commission shall educate students, teachers, and the public about the following:
        (1) The social, psychological, and health benefits realized from abstaining from sexual activity.
        (2) Abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to avoid out of wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems.
        (3) Abstinence from sexual activity outside marriage is the expected standard for all school age children.


        (4) A mutually faithful monogamous relationship existing during marriage is the expected standard of human sexual activity.
        (5) Sexual activity outside of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects on the individuals.
        (6) The principle that bearing children out of wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the child, the child's parents, and society.
        (7) Methods in which young people can reject sexual advances.
        (8) The principle that alcohol and drug use increases vulnerability to sexual advances.
        (9) The importance of attaining self sufficiency before engaging in sexual activity.
    Sec. 8. The commission shall plan and implement an annual state conference for the purpose of educating the public on the benefits of abstinence from sexual activity before marriage and informing the public that abstinence may result in a decrease in the related problems of health, unemployment, education, economics, and crime.
    Sec. 9. The commission shall receive suggestions or comments pertinent to the issues that the commission studies from members of the general assembly, governmental agencies, public and private organizations, and private citizens.
    Sec. 10. The affirmative votes of a majority of the members appointed to the commission are required for the commission to take action on any measure.
    Sec. 11. (a) The state department of health shall provide the commission with the following in order to carry out the purposes of this chapter:
        (1) Staff and administrative support.
        (2) Office space.
    (b) Commission meetings are subject to IC 5-14-1.5.
    (c) Each member of the commission who is not a state employee is entitled to the minimum salary per diem provided by IC 4-10-11-2.1 (b). The member is also entitled to reimbursement for traveling expenses as provided under IC 4-13-1-4 and other expenses actually incurred in connection with the member's duties as provided in the state policies and procedures established by the Indiana department of administration and approved by the budget agency.
    (d) Each member of the commission who is a state employee is

entitled to reimbursement for traveling expenses as provided under IC 4-13-1-4 and other expenses actually incurred in connection with the member's duties as provided in the state policies and procedures established by the Indiana department of administration and approved by the budget agency.
    (e) Each member of the commission who is a member of the general assembly is entitled to receive the same per diem, mileage, and travel allowances paid to members of the general assembly serving on interim study committees created by the legislative council.
    Sec. 12. This chapter expires June 30, 2005.