Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s parental rights bill will take center stage for a highly anticipated public hearing in the Alaska House Education Committee. Set for March 30, the hearing on HB 105 begins at 5:15 p.m.
Hard left political groups like Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Identity and others are organizing LGBTQ activists to testify against the legislation. Many hard-left activists, both in Alaska and across the nation claim that laws like as HB 105 undermine the alleged “right” of transgender students to conceal their preferred sexual identity from parents.
If HB 105 is approved by the Legislature and signed into law, it would bar school districts, such as Anchorage, from hiding a child’s sexual identity or personal pronoun preferences from parents.
Planned Parenthood Action’s Alaska Director Rose O’Hara-Jolley, sent out an email claiming that the parental rights bill would cause students to “be afraid that their school may out them without their consent.”
Introduced earlier this month, the governor’s legislation requires parental notification before educators discuss sexual matters with students, as well as notification and written parental permission before students are exposed to “gender identity” ideology. It also stipulates that schools get written permission from parents before changing the name or pronouns they use in referring to a child.
Additionally, the bill ensures that schools do not selectively withhold information about a child’s physical, medical, or mental health from parents or guardians unless a “reasonably prudent” person would believe that disclosure of the information would lead to child abuse or neglect. Finally, the bill looks to safeguard a student’s right to privacy by requiring schools to protect the physical safety and privacy of students in locker rooms and restrooms.