Sex and drugs at Colorado Senate today

Want evidence of just how colorful Colorado has become? Stop by the Colorado Senate this morning, where two big bills will be considered. One, calling for new sex education standards, shows how very blue the Colorado Legislature is these days, The second, HB 13-1061, which would set standards for "responsible medical marijuana vendors" and is sponsored by state senator Irene Aguilar and representative Dominick Moreno; it's in response to the greening of Colorado, and the overwhelming passage of Amendment 64 by voters last November.

The second reading of HB 13-1061 is set for about 10 a.m. this morning in the Senate Chamber, where senators will debate the measure. To read the measure and all of its amendments, click here.

Up for a third reading and final vote, also around 10 a.m. this morning, is HB 13-108, the Human Sexuality Education bill, sponsored by state senator Nancy Todd and representative Christanta Duran.

According to the Colorado State Senate Majority advance on the bill:

Sex-education is vital to public health. This legislation further defines parameters for teaching sex education in K-12 schools. It transfers the duty of sex education from the Department of Education to the Department of Public Health and Environment. In addition, it establishes a grant program to seek out and provide grants to school districts that choose to have sex education programs, and it allows parents to opt out of the program with a written notice.

Read HB 13-1081, including amendments, here. And to see just how much Colorado's approach to sex education has changed, read our August 2011 cover story, "Forbidden Fruit."

From the Calhoun: Wake-Up Call archive: "Abstinence pays off for Joneen Mackenzie and the Center for Relationship Education."

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