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Three Weeks, Three Issues We're Watching

Posted by Emily Crawford on January 30, 2015 at 1:47 PM

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.

Click here to email and call your lawmakers and ask that they vote YES on S.3!

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.

Click here to see House co-sponsors Reps. Beth Bernstein and James Smith hold a press conference supporting the Cervical Cancer Prevention Act.

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.

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