One day after receiving its first and only committee hearing, a bill to require students to opt in to sex-education classes was approved by the Utah House and Senate.
HB447 received a 40-31 vote in the House on Wednesday, followed by a 21-7 vote in the Senate.
Bill sponsor Rep. Brad Dee, R-Ogden, said the state school board already requires schools to receive prior written consent from parents before teaching students about human sexuality. But HB447 would put that practice into state law.
"That's our responsibility," he said, "to help parents take their responsibility."