• SB0004 – Suicide Prevention Training for School Personnel – introduced by Senator Miller
o Requires the Division of Mental Health and the Department of Education to develop programs for training teachers on how to recognize signs of child suicide for the purpose of prevention.
• SB0056 – Child Care Regulation – introduced by Senator Holdman
o Ensures consistency among child care providers in certain health and safety requirements.
• SB0085 – Study of Schools with Low Graduation Rates – introduced by Senator Leising
o Creates a high school graduation study committee to study the causes of low graduation rates in certain schools and how the graduation rates can be improved.
• HB1019 – Training for Child Suicide Prevention – introduced by Rep. Charlie Brown
o Same as SB0004
• HB1042 – Dissemination of Sexual Material – introduced by Reps. L. Lawson and Foley
o Provides that schools may offer programs regarding the risks and consequences of “sexting” or sharing sexually suggestive materials via cell phones, social media or other digital media. Also includes a provision that schools must prohibit cyberbullying in their discipline policies.
This list is not inclusive of all potential legislation, as more will be introduced. A few other bills to watch include:
• SB0143 – Corporal Punishment by Parents – introduced by Senator Randolph
o Specifies that parents have certain legal rights related to reasonable corporal punishment based on certain conditions.
• SB0061 – School Board Elections – introduced by Senator C. Lawson
o Provides that school board members be elected in the general elections instead of the primary elections.
MCCOY looks forward to providing you with regular legislative updates and will be creating a legislative alert e-mail with more in-depth information local, state and federal policies and legislation that pertain to youth and families. Stay tuned for how to sign up to receive this newsletter!