Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This morning, at 2 a.m., the House majority passed the very controversial K-12 sex education bill, despite overwhelming opposition from all corners of the state. House Republicans offered over 130 amendments, but the Speaker of the House ruled that over 75% of these amendments were dilatory (i.e. would not be considered). In the end, only 29 amendments were debated.
The vast majority of these amendments would have given parents a greater voice on what their children should be exposed to and prevented the filthy and pornographic content from being forced on our kids.
Remarkably, the bill, and the content it pushes, is so graphic and obscene that the mere attempts by us to amend out the bad content, forced our state broadcasting partner to include warnings on its media feeds that read: “Viewer Discretion Advised”.
Let's be clear, limiting debate under complicated rules of operation is one thing (and not necessarily a good thing), but making a dilatory ruling on 90+ amendments, is another example of ignoring the will of the people!
Thousands of citizens across the state have emailed their legislators opposing this bill. Yet the majority party continues to disregard the same people they are supposed to represent in Olympia.
Last year, it was the use of ghost bills (using title-only bills with no content to skirt public oversight rules), and last night they limited real debate. To force through legislation this way is undemocratic and a clear recipe for bad legislation with unintended consequences.
Please continue reaching out to your legislators, especially your senators, as this bill goes back to the Senate for reconsideration. We still have a chance to halt this bad bill.