This bill will update the current requirements for teaching sex ed to students, including taking out the provision that requires schools to teach that homosexuality "is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the laws of the state." (It's not.) It will also update some seriously outdated language in the bill, such as confusing HIV and AIDS and referring to sexually transmitted diseases versus sexually transmitted infections.
This bill was introduced on March 19, 2019 by Senator Whatley and assigned to the Senate Judiciary committee. A similar bill was introduced by Senator Whatley in 2018, which was voted favorably out of the Education committee, but did not receive a vote on the floor. It was scheduled for committee for Wednesday, April 3, and passed favorably without a public hearing. On April 16, it passed the Senate 26-1. It will now move to the House.
- 4/3/2019 - Alabama senate bill modernizes state's sex education law [AL.com]