The Senate and House gave final approval Wednesday to a bill requiring development of a school curriculum to teach children about sexual abuse. HB286s2 endured debate at every stop on its way and now heads to Gov. Gary Herbert for signing.
The Senate voted to amend the bill to include a clarification about how the proposal would work with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), an existing federal law that protects students' privacy. Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, said his amendment flags to privacy provisions already in the law, but HB286s2 carves out a narrow provision so that parents may "opt out if it's for the narrow issue of child abuse."
The Senate gallery was filled with proponents of the bill, including Miss Utah Ciera Pekarcik, Elizabeth Smart and Deondra Brown, who have testified on behalf of the bill in earlier hearings.