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Arizona Senate delays hearing on sex ed ban before 7th grade

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Posted at 6:23 AM, Jan 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-14 08:23:10-05

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona Senate committee has delayed consideration of a contentious proposal from a conservative Republican lawmaker that would bar any sexual education instruction for students before 7th grade.

Sen. Sylvia Allen's proposal was set for a hearing Tuesday afternoon but was unexpectedly scratched from the agenda of the Education Committee she chairs Monday evening.

Senate President Karen Fann said Allen needs more time to hear from concerned parties and revise the proposal before it is heard.

Allen said her proposal is intended to give parents more access and transparency about sex education classes. Opponents call it unneeded in a state where parents already have to approve having their children take sex ed classes.