Senate passes universal, all-grade sex education bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A proposal for universal, all-grade sex education has passed the state Senate after extensive debate.

The proposal, which passed on a 28-21 vote Wednesday, would require schools across the state to teach sex education classes, and to include in the curriculum information about affirmative consent and how to recognize abusive relationships.

But minority Republicans opposed to the measure put forth more than a dozen proposed amendments, including proposals to block the classes from being taught to the youngest students.

Democratic lawmakers said the bill would foster awareness of healthy relationships and require classes to be age appropriate.

Affirmative consent is the concept that explicit agreement, rather than the absence of objection, should be the standard for consenting to sex or touch.