We’re in our third week of legislative session and have been watching three big issues unfold at the state house that would mean a healthier future for our state:
1. Protecting Domestic Violence Survivors:
S.3, a bill which would increase accountability for convicted domestic violence offenders and victim safety in a number of ways, to include placing restrictions of firearm possession, has already passed through Senate Judiciary Committee with a favorable report.
On top of that, Governor Haley created a task force this week to address our state’s domestic violence issues. Click here to read more.
2. Cervical Cancer Prevention:
Two bills have been introduced that would help protect young people from cancer: H.3204 and S.278. These bills would allow the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to provide information on the HPV vaccine (which protects against types of HPV that cause about 75% of cervical cancer cases) to parents and guardians of students in the sixth grade.
3. Sex Education Reform:
That’s right—sex ed reform is back! H.3447 was introduced this week and would ensure that school districts comply with the law and would mandate that health information be medically accurate.