House rejects sex survey bill

Legislation that would allow teenage public school students to be asked sex-related questions on a national survey was rejected Tuesday in the Louisiana House.

The measure, House Bill 393, had narrowly escaped the House Education Committee last week on a 7-6 vote.

It died in the House 38-55.

State Rep. Patricia Smith, D-Baton Rouge, sponsor of the bill, has said Louisiana is one of the few states that blocks questions on the questionnaire, which is done for the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

Smith said earlier that the survey makes sense to pinpoint risky behavior in a state with some of the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancies in the nation.

Opponents have questioned whether the questions are appropriate.

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