On March 15th, SB 1619 (Senate Amendment 1), the Illinois Personal Responsibility Education Program (IL PREP), passed out of the Illinois Senate Public Health Committee with a vote of 6 in favor, 4 opposed. SB 1619 is now on second reading in the Senate.

SB 1619 (Senate Amendment 1) provides that elementary or secondary public schools offering sexual health education must use information that is medically accurate, age appropriate,  evidence based and complete.  The law would require school districts to make curriculum and course materials available for parents to view upon request and allow pupils to be excused for any part of the instruction at the written request of his or her parent or guardian.

Senators voting in favor of SB 1619 (Amendment 1)

Senator William Delgado (D-Chicago)
Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago)
Senator Susan Garrett (D-Highwood)
Senator Michael Noland (D-Elgin)
Senator Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) substituting for Sen. Schoenberg
Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago)

Senators voting in opposition to SB 1619 (Amendment 1)

Senator Dave Syverson (R-Rockford)
Senator Shane Cultra (R-Onarga)
Senator Christine Johnson (R-Sycamore)
Senator Carole Pankau (R-Bloomingdale)

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