We once again turn our attention to the Republicans in The Gret Stet of Floriduh (motto: “Where the debris meets the Sea”) who have decided that Virginia is getting too much attention with messing around with keepin’ the Yutes dumb, and so they have upped their game in the best Floridan tradition. Yup, the Don’t Say Gay bill has moved forward:
HB 1557, titled the Parental Rights in Education bill, was passed by the state House’s GOP-controlled Education and Employment Committee on Thursday by a vote of 15-5.
Though the bill’s sponsor says the legislation aims to provide parents with greater oversight over what their students learn and discuss at school, opponents have said it will have a harmful impact on LGBTQ youth, whom they say are at an increased risk for suicide when they are not able to learn about LGBTQ-related topics while in school.
The legislation will allow parents to take legal action against schools, you know, if they think their fundamental rights as parents have been violated:
I have not gone plowing through the bill, but I’m sure that there is a fascism-friendly bounty hunter provision in there somewhere (to compete with Virginia, H/T Scissorhead MDavis), or will be soon. “Hey kids, turn in the teacher and get that Nintendo you always wanted!”
And speaking of fundamental, state representative Joe Harding (the author of the bill) —praise Jeebus— well, praises Jeebus:
“[The bill is] about defending the most awesome responsibility a person can have: being a parent,” adding, “That job can only be given to you by above.”
…so we got that whole Church-State thing goin’ on there.