- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An effort to let public high school students take part in a national survey on sexual risks has stalled in the Louisiana Senate.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1UWFPR8 ) the Senate Education Committee voted 4-2 against the House-approved bill Thursday.

The survey is put together by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bill sponsor Rep. Patricia Smith, a Baton Rouge Democrat, says 42 states use the survey. But Louisiana prevents students from answering the questions about their sexual behavior.

She says that doesn’t make sense in a state ranked among the top in the nation for teen pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases among teenagers.

Opponents say state leaders already understand the problems and invasive questions on teen sex habits would do nothing to change things.

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House Bill 402: www.legis.la.gov

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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