Bill Summary for S 279 (2015-2016)

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Sep 16 2015

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
Senate Bill 279 (Public) Filed Thursday, March 12, 2015
AN ACT AMENDING THE PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS ACT TO MODIFY EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE PRACTICE OF COUNSELING AND TO REQUIRE LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION TO ADDRESS SEX TRAFFICKING PREVENTION AND AWARENESS.
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House amendments make the following changes to the 3rd edition.

Amendment #1 makes the following changes.

Amends requirements for licensure as a "licensed professional associate" for applicants that apply from March 1, 2016, through June 30, 2022, providing that if the applicant enrolled in one of the specified master's degree programs before July 1, 2013, but after June 30, 2009 (was, before July 1, 2013, but after July 30, 2009), a minimum of 54 semester hours or 81 quarter credit hours is required.

Amends GS 115C-81(e1)(4) to require that information given in a local school administrative unit's reproductive health and safety education program be based on scientific evidence accepted by professional and credentialed experts in sexual health education, adolescent psychology, behavioral counseling, medicine, human anatomy, biology, ethics, or health education (previously, only required acceptance by professionals and credentialed experts). 

Amends GS 115C-81(e1)(4a) to provide that the part of instruction in a local school administrative unit's reproductive health and safety education program that teaches about sexually transmitted diseases, FDA-approved contraceptive methods, sexual assault and abuse awareness, and sex trafficking prevention and awareness must be based on scientific research that is peer reviewed and accepted by professionals and credentialed experts in the field of sexual health education (previously, only required that the research be accepted by professionals and credentialed experts). Makes all of Section 4 effective when the bill becomes law, applying beginning with the spring semester of the 2015-16 school year. 

Provides that effective January 1, 2016, applying to the 2016-17 school year, the part of instruction in a local school administrative unit's reproductive health and safety education program that teaches about sexually transmitted diseases, FDA-approved contraceptive methods, sexual assault and abuse awareness, and sex trafficking prevention and awareness can be based on scientific research that is peer reviewed and accepted by professional and credentialed experts in the field of sexual health education, adolescent psychology, behavioral counseling, medicine, human anatomy, biology, ethics, or health education (previously, only allowed scientific research to be accepted by professional and credentialed experts in sexual health education). 

Amendment #2 makes the following changes.

Amends GS 115C-81(e1)(4a) to require that in teaching about sex trafficking prevention and awareness, each local school administrative unit must collaborate with a diverse group of outside consultants when practical (previously, only required collaboration with outside consultants). 

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