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H.259

Introduced by Representatives Sheltra of Derby, Haas of Rutland City, Allaire of Rutland City, Baker of West Rutland, Bolduc of Orleans, Carey of Chester, DePoy of Rutland City, Duffy of Rutland City, Gervais of Enosburg, Gray of Barre Town, Hall of Newport City, Helm of Castleton, Kennedy of Chelsea, Kilmartin of Newport City, Larose of Richford, Mann of Leicester, Mazur of South Burlington, McGrath of Ferrisburgh, Mullin of Rutland Town, Otterman of Topsham, Peaslee of Guildhall, Randall of Bradford, Schiavone of Shelburne, Shaw of Derby, Starr of Troy, Towne of Berlin, Valliere of Barre City, Weeks of Wallingford, Willett of St. Albans City, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown and Young of Orwell

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject: Education; course of study; instruction about homosexuality

Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to prohibit an employee of a school district from encouraging, promoting or sanctioning homosexual conduct.

AN ACT TO PROHIBIT A SCHOOL FROM ENCOURAGING, PROMOTING OR SANCTIONING HOMOSEXUAL CONDUCT

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 16 V.S.A. 911 is added to read:

911. HOMOSEXUAL CONDUCT; PROHIBITION AGAINST ENCOURAGING, PROMOTING OR SANCTIONING

(a) An employee or agent of a school district, while engaged in any activity related to employment in the school district, shall not in any manner encourage, promote or sanction homosexual or bisexual conduct. No employee or agent of a school district shall instruct, counsel or advise a student that a homosexual or bisexual orientation is innate or unchangeable.

(b) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the first amendment right of a student to freedom of speech or association, or any other constitutional right.

(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit AIDS education, instruction about human sexuality or guidance counseling, provided that any instruction or counseling about homosexual or bisexual conduct includes a warning about the serious health risks associated with such behavior, and does not include instruction, counseling or advice that a homosexual or bisexual orientation is innate or unchangeable.

(d) In this section, "homosexual conduct" means same-gender sexual behavior and "homosexual orientation" means the desire or inclination to engage in homosexual conduct.