HELP US Pass – SB115 – The Student Privacy Act!
On Wednesday, January 25, Senate Bill 115 (Click Here for the Bill) – The Student Privacy Act – was posted on the SD Legislative Website. It will be first heard in the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday, January 31 at 7:45 a.m. (CST).
The Family Heritage Alliance Action enthusiastically endorses the passage of SB115 and applauds the bill’s Sponsors, Senator Lance Russell (District 30) and Representative Tom Brunner (District 29), for championing this family valued legislation.
Protecting the privacy and dignity of all students while under the care of our public schools is a high priority. Thus, FHA Action is endeavoring to ensure that every South Dakota student is guaranteed a baseline of privacy while using public school locker rooms, showers and other changing facilities while still permitting local schools to craft accommodations that suit the needs of their student body. SB115 is a vital step towards accomplishing this goal.
Upon comparison of the 2016 Student Privacy Act (HB1008) and this 2017 Act, several main differences will be apparent. First, we have improved the language in almost every section of the bill to make for a better law. For example, provisions are added for parents needing to help small children, and schools may rely upon a student’s original birth certificate as definitive evidence of a student’s sex. Second, the “restroom” provision has been removed from the discussion. We have been given counsel by several stakeholders that this would be a reasonable compromise, and we have agreed. The law would provide protections for the most intimate areas—locker rooms, showers and changing facilities, where privacy concerns are at their greatest.
Your opportunity to ACT is NOW. Your voice must be heard in Pierre as our SD Legislature and Governor must be encouraged to do what is right – it’s common sense as every child’s privacy matters. Respectfully encourage a YES Vote on SB115.
Please follow the work of the FHA Action, during the Legislative Session, by going to FHA Action’s Legislative Radar (Click Here) and from here you will be able to contact your Legislators.