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Ohio Republicans Introduce House Bill 616

Reporters are calling it Ohio's version of Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' law

A version of the controversial Florida law restricting how teachers talk about sexual orientation and gender identity has been introduced in Ohio. Republican reps. Jean Schmidt, R-Loveland, and Mike Loychik, R-Cortland, sponsored HB 616.

Known as a parental rights bill by supporters and the "Don't Say Gay" law by opponents, Ohio's House Bill 616 would ban discussion on sexual orientation and gender identity until fourth grade in all public and most private schools. 

"The amount of legislation being presented to undermine the work of teachers is ridiculous and frustrating," said Ohio State Board of Education Member Christina Collins. "There is far too much ambiguity in the bills, and they continue to ignore that Ohio's districts already have policies around the teaching of controversial issues."

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