The Wisconsin state legislature opened its special session this week with a prayer for deregulation. Republican State Representative Alvin Ott:
Father, we ask your blessing today as we start a session again and as we become busy and try do things that will help the people of the state of Wisconsin, create jobs, lessen regulation and so on and so forth, dear Lord.
The special session was called by Governor Scott Walker for the purpose of finding a way to create jobs. Among the items on the agenda: A conservative overhaul of sex ed.
Senate Bill 237, scheduled for a hearing today, would remove a curriculum item focusing on "puberty, pregnancy, parenting, body image, and gender stereotypes." It also takes out instruction in "the health benefits, side effects, and proper use of contraceptives and barrier methods" for preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. And it adds instruction in dealing with bullying and "the skills necessary to remain abstinent."