OKLAHOMA CITY – A Republican state senator has introduced legislation that gives state parents the power to ban books from Oklahoma schools. The law also provides a way for parents to collect up to $ 10,000 as a bonus for each day a book is not picked up.
State Senator Rob Standridge (R-District 15) announced in mid-December that he had tabled two bills for the 2022 legislative session, which begins in February, to combat what Standridge called of “indoctrination of children in classrooms and at university.” campus. The first bill, Senate Bill 1142, “prohibits public school districts, public charter schools, and public school libraries from having or promoting books dealing with the study of sex, sexual preferences, sexual activity, sexual perversion, founded classifications about sex, gender identity, gender identity or books containing content of a sexual nature that a parent or reasonable legal guardian would want to know or approve of before their child is exposed to them. ”
The legislation; “allows the parent or legal guardian of a student who believes a book violates this bill to submit a written request to the school district superintendent or charter school administrator to remove it within 30 days . If not removed from office during this period, the employee responsible for removing the book would be terminated or not rehired, subject to due process, and he or she could not be employed by a public school district or a public charter school for two years. The measure further creates a cause of action for a parent or legal guardian against a public school district or public charter school that violates the provisions of the bill, allowing the individual to seek damages, reasonable attorney fees and court costs.. ”
The second bill, Senate Bill 1141, “prohibits institutions in the Oklahoma state higher education system from requiring students to enroll in a course that is not not a fundamental requirement of their chosen course of study, dealing with any form of diversity, gender, sexual or racial equality. , or inclusion program from the academic year 2022-23.
The legislation also provides that; “Students could not be financially penalized for choosing not to enroll in such courses. It also prohibits institutions from including or being part of a course that is a fundamental requirement for a degree program certain concepts related to gender, sexual or racial diversity, equality or inclusion. . The bill clarifies that its provisions do not prohibit concepts related to gender, sexual or racial diversity, equality or inclusion that align with a degree program focusing on the studies of gender, sexual or racial.. “
Standridge is a longtime opponent of LGBTQ + rights in Oklahoma. On July 15, 2015, a few weeks after the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges (576 US 644), he said the US Supreme Court’s position in favor of same-sex marriage was just the latest example of an out of control justice system that has come under attack on traditional American values. He said the ruling had “put more nails in the coffin of the 10th Amendment and state rights.”
He also supported the Oklahoma House Bill 1775, signed by Republican Governor Kevin Stitt last May.
House Bill 1775 prohibits mandatory diversity training for students at Oklahoma public universities regarding gender identity, sexual orientation, racial stereotypes and gender stereotypes for students – in law. HB 1775 is the first anti-LGBTQ law that was proposed by the Oklahoma state legislature in the last session (2021).