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AZ Senate Committee passes bill to bar sexually explicit material in schools

The Senate Education Committee passed a bill that would bar public schools from using sexually explicit material in any manner, including education. 

Schools will be required to have written permission from parents for exceptions of classical literature, early American literature or a book required to get college credit. 

Geoff Esposito is with the American Civil Liberties Union, which opposes the bill. 

“HB 2495 places restrictions on materials that include sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or ultimate sex acts. It is a very broad standard and it is anathema of free speech and blatantly unconstitutional," Esposito said. 

Rep. Jake Hoffman who proposed the bill says it involved parents in school materials more. The measure has already passed the House and will go to the Senate Rules Committee. 

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Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.