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S. 3037: Empower Parents to Protect Their Kids Act of 2021

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If a high school student wants to change their name or pronouns at school, should the parents have to give the greenlight?


In 2018, New Jersey’s Department of Education implemented new policies about transgender students in public schools. These included allowing students to use restrooms and locker rooms associated with their gender identity rather than their birth gender, permitting students to compete on sports teams associated with their gender identity, and requiring school teachers and staff use a student’s preferred name and pronouns.

The rules were similar to others enacted by other blue states around the country around the same mid-to-late-2010s era, as these issues gained increased prominence in the national conversation. But New Jersey gained attention for another reason: the state didn’t require parental notification for any …

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Tom Cotton

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Arkansas. Republican.

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Last Updated: Oct 21, 2021
Length: 9 pages
Oct 21, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Oct 21, 2021

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4 Cosponsors (4 Republicans)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Oct 21, 2021

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S. 3037 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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