Pritzker signs bill requiring schools to teach, discuss meaning of consent

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday signed a bipartisan bill designed to ensure children and young adults learn the meaning of consent through the sex education curriculum in Illinois.

The bill, HB 3550, amends the School Code. It ensures sex education course materials in grades six through 12 include an age-appropriate discussion of the meaning of consent. The discussions are required to include what constitutes sexual consent, that it can be withdrawn at any time, and more.

The bipartisan bill states there is more to tackle with teaching consent than an emphasis on workplace environments and life on college campuses.

Locally, Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), Rep. Dan Brady (R-Normal), Rep. Mike Unes (R-Pekin), Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-Peoria), Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria), Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) and Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) all voted in favor of the bill.

The bill goes into effect Jan. 1. For more information, click here.

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