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Florida’s New Bill: “Sex” means the “binary division of individuals based on reproductive function.”

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Florida’s New Bill: “Sex” means the “binary division of individuals based on reproductive function.”

CS/CS/HB 1069: Education

GENERAL BILL by Education & Employment Committee ; Education Quality Subcommittee ; McClain ; Anderson ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Massullo ; Salzman

Education; Defines "sex" for Florida Early Learning-20 Education Code; provides requirements relating to titles & pronouns; revises provisions relating to instruction & materials for specified instruction relating to reproductive health; provides additional requirements for instruction regarding human sexuality; provides district school boards are responsible for materials used in classroom libraries; revises provisions relating to objections of certain materials & process related to such objections; revises school principal, school district & district school board duties & responsibilities relating to certain materials & processes.

Effective Date: 7/1/2023
Last Action: 3/23/2023 House - 1st Reading (Committee Substitute 2)
Bill Text: PDF

Sections of the bill’s text appear below:

A bill to be entitled

An act relating to education; amending s. 1000.21, 3 F.S.; defining the term "sex" for the Florida Early Learning-20 Education Code; prohibiting employees, contractors, and students of such educational institutions from being required to use, from providing, and from being asked to provide certain titles and pronouns; prohibiting students from being penalized or subjected to certain treatment for not providing certain titles and pronouns; authorizing the State Board of Education to adopt rules; amending s. 15 1001.42, F.S.; prohibiting classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity.

It shall be the policy of every public K-12 educational institution that is provided or authorized by the Constitution and laws of Florida that a person's sex is an immutable biological trait and that it is false to ascribe to a person a pronoun that does not correspond to such person's sex.

An employee or contractor of a public K-12 educational institution may not provide to a student his or her preferred personal title or pronouns if such preferred personal title or pronouns do not correspond to his or her sex.

Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in prekindergarten through grade 8.

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