- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on a bill that would penalize teachers and sex educators for allowing abortion providers to teach in schools (all times local):

3:25 p.m.

The state Senate Education Committee has rescheduled review of a bill that calls for laying out penalties for teachers, doctors and others who knowingly allow abortion providers to teach sex education in the state’s public schools.

Senate Bill 191 would allow teachers to be fired, doctors to be sanctioned and abortion-services providers to be held liable for civil penalties and damages. The bill had been set to be reviewed Tuesday and is now scheduled for a committee hearing on Thursday instead.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Mike Dunleavy, says the bill is designed to prevent school children from being indoctrinated by special interest groups.


2:11 p.m.

Following the Senate’s passage of legislation to restrict schools from contracting with abortion providers for sex education classes, lawmakers plan to hear a companion bill laying out penalties for violations.

The Senate Education Committee plans to hear SB 191 Tuesday.

The bill would not allow employees or representatives of an abortion services provider to deliver instruction on any topic or distribute materials to students in public schools.

Republican Sen. Mike Dunleavy’s bill would allow teachers who knowingly violate the restrictions to be fired, doctors to be sanctioned and abortion services providers to be held liable for civil penalties and damages.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands said this bill and the measure that passed the Senate Monday are unconstitutional attempts to deprive students of sex education.

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