Florida Passes Anti-Grooming Bill, DeSantis to Sign

By Eric Daugherty, Florida's Voice

March 8, 2022 Updated 12:49 PM ET

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March 8, 2022 Updated 12:47 P.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FCV) – Tuesday, the Florida Senate passed HB 1557, the anti-grooming Parental Rights in Education Act.

Left-wingers have falsely referred to the bill as the “Don’t Say Gay Bill,” demeaning what the bill actually does: provides parents more access to information to their children’s personal education experience and prevent children from Pre-K through 3rd grade from being taught about gender and sexual identity.

The bill passed Tuesday morning 22-17.

It was proposed by State Representative Joe Harding (R) and was supported by Governor Ron DeSantis (R). The Governor is most likely to sign the bill.

State Representative Carlos Smith (D) was a fierce opponent of the bill, and at a press conference after the bill’s passage, remarked to LGBTQ youth that “We love you just the way you are and will continue fighting for you every day.”

LGBTQ youth will receive the same education as other children in their class. The bill applies to all gender and sexual identity teachings, not just LGBTQ.

If signed, the bill would not prevent the saying of the word ‘gay,’ contrary to false left-wing claims.

The bill’s description:

Requires district school boards to adopt procedures that comport with certain provisions of law for notifying student’s parent of specified information; requires such procedures to reinforce fundamental right of parents to make decisions regarding upbringing & control of their children; prohibits school district from adopting procedures or student support forms that prohibit school district personnel from notifying parent about specified information or that encourage student to withhold from parent such information; prohibits school district personnel from discouraging or prohibiting parental notification & involvement in critical decisions affecting student’s mental, emotional, or physical well-being; prohibits classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in certain grade levels; requires school districts to notify parents of healthcare services; authorizes parent to bring action against school district to obtain declaratory judgment; provides for additional award of injunctive relief, damages, & reasonable attorney fees & court costs to certain parents.

You can read the full bill here.

If signed, it will take effect July 1, 2022.

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