Charlotte. – HB 755 passed the Senate Health Committee on Thursday, May 26, and is scheduled to be discussed in the upper house Rules Committee of the state legislature.
The so-called Parental Rights Act is promoted by the Republican caucus in the General Assembly.
The fourth edition of the Parental Rights Document, in its nine pages, contains a series of provisions that cover parents, teachers, students, education boards, and health institutions.
The legislation prohibits public school curricula from kindergarten through third grade from containing instructions about sexual orientation and gender identity.
Local Boards of Education will be required to adopt procedures to notify parents when school staff notice changes in the mental, emotional, or physical health or well-being of children.
Parents should be informed that they have the authority to review textbooks and educational materials.
Parents who object to the K-3 curriculum or who do not feel sufficiently informed about their child’s physical and mental health can seek intervention from the North Carolina Board of Education (NC-SBO). They can also go to court to ask for court orders.
If the bill becomes law, teachers could face lawsuits if they break the provisions.
Likewise, it prohibits health care providers from providing medical care and mental health services to minors without parental consent, except in emergency situations.
Those who do not comply with the regulations can be fined $5,000.
Information for parents
Senate Republicans argued that it would help parents stay informed of what their children were learning.
“I’ve listed things that we already thought we were entitled to in terms of information and notices,” State Republican Senator Michael Lee said during a news conference on the progress of the legislation.
Conservative and the LGBTQ community
Democratic Governor Roy Cooper spoke against HB 755.
“It’s another GOP political ploy like the toilet bill that’s hurting our people and costing us jobs, so let’s keep the culture wars out of the North Carolina classroom,” Cooper said.
Organizations that defend the rights of the LGBTQ community have expressed opposition to the HB 755 legislation.
“It pains us that this attack on LGBT youth can increase suicide and leave our children with lifelong trauma,” said Kendra Johnson, Executive Director of Equality NC.
keep it up
The HB 755 made solid progress last year and has seen rapid progress this year.
The first draft of the bill was introduced on April 29, 2021, and that year 14 measures were registered in favor of the motion advancing in the House of Representatives, where it passed the second reading by 66 votes to 50 against. Even by the party.
Republicans voted in favor of the legislation and Democrats rejected it.
In 2021, the proposal was sent to the Senate, where it managed to advance to the first reading.
On Tuesday, May 24, 2022, the Senate resumed the project and in just three days it progressed in seven proceedings.