The House of Representatives adopted two amendments on voice votes Thursday that would require schools to notify parents if biological male students who identify as women are permitted to use bathroom facilities or participate in athletics based on their gender identity.
The two amendments to HR 5, the Parents Bill of Rights, were sponsored by conservative firebrand Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and were adopted by a voice vote during the floor debate on the legislation.
The Parents Bill of Rights, which was sponsored by Rep. Julia Letlow (R-LA), would require all public school districts to disclose their curriculum materials to parents, mandate parental consent for participation in student surveys, and prohibit schools from selling student information “for commercial or financial gain.”
The legislation is one of the top priorities of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and was introduced as HR 5 to commemorate the age of students when they begin kindergarten.
“The House just passed 2 of my amendments to give parents a voice in education matters,” Boebert tweeted after the amendments were adopted. “For those of you keeping track at home, that’s 7 for 7 bipartisan amendments already passed this Congress!”
The first amendment to HR 5 will require schools to disclose to parents if the school allows biological male athletes to compete in sports programs designated for women and girls if the athlete identifies as a woman.
The second Boebert-sponsored amendment added a similar notification requirement if schools allow biological male students who identify as women to use bathroom facilities congruent with their stated gender identity.
The Parents Bill of Rights passed the House on Friday in a 213-208 vote, with no Democrat supporting the legislation. It faces long odds of becoming law with Democrats in control of the Senate and White House.