Mandated sex education bill stalls in committee
BATON ROUGE - The House Education Committee has deadlocked on a proposal to require Louisiana public schools to teach sex education.
The bill by Democratic Rep. Patricia Smith, of Baton Rouge, would require the courses beginning with the 2013-14 school year.
They would include teaching about abstinence, contraceptives and sexually transmitted diseases, instruction deemed "age appropriate" by the state education board.
Parents who don't want their children participating in the classes could opt out.
The panel voted 8-8 Wednesday for the measure, with some members absent.
Smith plans to bring the proposal back for another committee hearing this session.
Objections were raised by religious groups and the state education board.
Current law allows school districts to provide sex education to students if they choose.