Senate Bill 413: Outing transgender youth to parents

2023-02-28 Update: This bill has similar language to House Bill 1608 which has been referred to the Senate, so it may get reconciled with that bill.

Senate Bill 413 prevents teaching K-12 students any information about sexual orientation or gender identity and requires guidance counselors or other student support service staff to notify parents if a student seeks counseling services. Requires notifying all parents of a school if a transgender child is enrolled.

Senate Bill 413
Authored by Sen. Gary Byrne, Sen. Blake Doriot.

Parental rights in education. Requires a governing body of a school corporation to adopt procedures to require schools to notify a parent of an unemancipated minor student regarding the: (1) student’s services, support, or monitoring related to the student’s social emotional, behavioral, mental, or physical health; or (2) school’s ability to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for the student. Establishes requirements and restrictions regarding the procedures. Prohibits school corporation personnel or a third party vendor that contracts with a school corporation from providing instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity: (1) to any students of the school corporation enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12; or (2) in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state law. Establishes requirements regarding: (1) student support services training; (2) notifying parents of social emotional, behavioral, mental, and physical health services or support offered by a school corporation and the parent’s option to withhold consent or decline any of those health services or support; and (3) administering a social emotional, behavioral, mental, or physical health personal analysis or evaluation, questionnaire, screening, survey, or assessment to an unemancipated minor student enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12. Requires a school corporation to notify the parent of each student enrolled in a school maintained by the school corporation if the school corporation permits a student of that school to use a multiple occupancy restroom or locker room that is designated for a sex that is not the student’s biological sex. Requires a school corporation to: (1) establish a grievance procedure for a violation of the provisions; and (2) post the grievance procedure on the school corporation’s website. Provides that a parent who is not satisfied with a decision by a school principal or principal’s designee regarding a complaint by the parent may request the department of education (department) to review the complaint and decision. Provides that a parent of a student may bring a civil action against the school corporation for a violation of the provisions. Requires, not later than May 30, 2024, the department to adopt or update, as necessary and as approved by the state board of education, certain student services, personnel guidelines, standards, frameworks, practices, and principles.

Actions for Senate Bill 413
S 01/19/2023 Senator Doriot added as second author
S 01/19/2023 First reading: referred to Committee on Education and Career Development
S 01/19/2023 Authored by Senator Byrne

Link to PDF of Introduced Bill: SB0413.01.INTR

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