Proposed legislation would require parents to know child's pronoun changes, hearing Wednesday

The Arizona State Senate Education Committee will be considering legislation that would require parents to be notified if their child begins going by different pronouns from their biological sex while at school.

Senate Bill 1166, sponsored by Sen. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, would also apply to the use of a different first name that is not their first or middle name on "official school records," excluding "commonly associated" nicknames. 

In addition, the proposed legislation would make sure schools cannot force staffers, whether they're employees or independent contractors, to use a student's preferred pronouns different from their sex assigned at birth if they have "religious or moral convictions" against doing so. It would only apply to students who are under 18 years old. 

Kavanagh told The Center Square that he ran a similar bill last year, Senate Bill 1001, that was rejected by Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs. 

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