Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 311

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 20-18-2; IC 20-30-5-13.

Synopsis: Use of medically accurate information in school instruction. Requires instruction in accredited schools on human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases to be based on information that is factual, medically accurate, and age appropriate.

Effective: July 1, 2008.





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    January 10, 2008, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career Development.







Introduced

Second Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2008)


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SENATE BILL No. 311



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

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

SOURCE: IC 20-18-2-4.5; (08)IN0311.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 20-18-2-4.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2008]: Sec. 4.5. "Factual information" includes, but is not limited to, statements that:
        (1) are contained in medical, psychological, scientific, or sociologic literature;
        (2) are based on empirical, statistical, or scientific methods; and
        (3) are generally accepted as accurate and objective by the leading organizations in those fields.

SOURCE: IC 20-18-2-11.5; (08)IN0311.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 20-18-2-11.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2008]: Sec. 11.5. "Medically accurate information" means information supported by the weight of research conducted in compliance with accepted scientific methods and recognized as accurate and objective by leading professional organizations and agencies with relevant expertise in the field.
SOURCE: IC 20-30-5-13; (08)IN0311.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 20-30-5-13, AS ADDED BY P.L.1-2005, SECTION 14, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2008]: Sec. 13. (a) Throughout instruction on human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases, an accredited school shall:
        (1) require a teacher to teach abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage as the expected standard for all school age children;
        (2) include in the instruction that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems; and
        (3) include in the instruction that the best way to avoid sexually transmitted diseases and other associated health problems is to establish a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in the context of marriage; and
        (4) include information about sexually transmitted diseases, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

     (b) Instruction on human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases required by subsection (a) must be based on information that is:
        (1) factual;
        (2) medically accurate; and
        (3) age appropriate.