SB 1005 is now on the House Judiciary Committee agenda.
SB 1005 bars courts from awarding damages to a government entity when sued for a violation of the parental bill of rights, unless the case was brought without justification or for the purpose of harassment. In practice, teachers and schools may feel pressure to avoid perfectly legal ways of supporting the LGBTQ+ community out of fear that it may expose them to legal action. SB 1005 will be heard by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, March 15th. Though we are confident Governor Hobbs will veto this bill if it advances, let’s do our due diligence and register our position on SB 1005 in the RTS System.
Thank you Board members of WESD for voting in favor of creating safer and more affirming schools for LGBTQ+ students. We also want to share our gratitude for those who were able to attend Thursday’s school board meeting and rally to support WESD Board members.
On Wednesday, March 8th we celebrated International Women’s Day. Governor Hobbs shared a touching and supportive tweet:
Let's continue to work together to combat anti-LGBTQ+ bills and prepare for when each is assigned to committee:
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