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30th Legislature(2017-2018)

Bill Text 30th Legislature

00 Enrolled HB 214                                                                                                         
01 Relating to the Department of Education and Early Development; relating to dating violence                              
02 and abuse training, awareness, prevention, and notices; and establishing the month of                                   
03 February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.                                                        
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05    * Section 1. AS 14.30.356(a) is repealed and reenacted to read:                                                      
06            (a)  The department, in consultation with school districts, shall develop and                                
07       approve a program relating to teen dating violence and abuse awareness and                                        
08       prevention for grades seven through 12. The program must                                                          
09                 (1)  include training for employees and students;                                                       
10                 (2)  provide parent notices; and                                                                        
11                 (3)  be reviewed periodically by a qualified individual or committee for                                
12       consistency with generally accepted standards for a teen dating violence and abuse                                
13       awareness and prevention program.                                                                                 
14    * Sec. 2. AS 14.30.356(b) is amended to read:                                                                        
01            (b)  The [POLICY,] training, notices, and instruction adopted under this                                     
02       section must include                                                                                              
03                 (1)  age-appropriate information;                                                                       
04                 (2)  the warning signs of dating violence and abusive behavior;                                         
05                 (3)  characteristics of healthy relationships;                                                          
06                 (4)  measures to prevent and stop dating violence and abuse;                                            
07                 (5)  community resources available to victims of dating violence and                                    
08       abuse; and                                                                                                        
09                 (6)  a procedure allowing a student to be excused from participating in                                 
10 training or from receiving notices under this section at the written request of a parent                                
11 or guardian of the student, or of the student if the student is emancipated or 18 years of                              
12       age or older.                                                                                                     
13    * Sec. 3. AS 44.12 is amended by adding a new section to article 2 to read:                                          
14 Sec. 44.12.160. Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.                                                    
15 The month of February each year is established as Teen Dating Violence Awareness                                        
16 and Prevention Month. Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month may                                           
17 be observed by schools, community groups, and other public and private agencies and                                     
18 individuals with appropriate activities that increase the public's awareness of teen                                    
19 dating violence in the state, encourage Alaskans to pursue healthy relationships and                                    
20 learn the signs of teen dating violence, and promote prevention of and action to end                                    
21       teen dating violence.                                                                                             
22    * Sec. 4.  The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                           
23 read:                                                                                                                   
24 BREE MOORE TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION                                                                
25 PROGRAM. A program approved by the Department of Education and Early Development                                        
26 under AS 14.30.356, as amended by this Act, shall be known as the Bree Moore Teen Dating                                
27 Violence Awareness and Prevention Program.                                                                              
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