BOISE — The Senate Education Committee voted 5-4 in favor of holding Rep. Barbara Ehardt’s sex education bill in committee. HB 249 will not advance. The bill would have required students to obtain parental approval before receiving lessons on “human sexuality.” Lessons would be opt-in rather than opt-out. This is the third year in which Ehardt, R-Idaho Falls, introduced this type of legislation.
After hearing testimony, senators on the committee were concerned that, because the definitions in the bill lacked clarity, some students would not receive lessons on important topics such as STDs. Some thought this was an issue that school boards, rather than state legislators, should regulate.
Others questioned whether the bill was trying to correct a problem that did not exist in Idaho. Sen.