THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

2698

TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE, 2016

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to student informed consent.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. For decades, students have participated in the dissection and vivisection of animals as part of traditional educational curricula. The legislature finds that advancements in computer software now make it possible for schools to respect each student's ethical, moral or religious position regarding the humane treatment of animals without sacrificing learning objectives. The purpose of this act is to require public schools to make educational alternatives to the dissection and vivisection of animals available to all students.

SECTION 2. Chapter 302A, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"302A- Student's informed consent to decline participation in animal dissection and vivisection. (a) A student enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 in any public school in the state may decline to participate in or observe, wholly or in part, any of the following activities involving animals as part of a course of study: dissection, vivisection, incubation, infliction of harm, capture, or destruction of an animal. A student may also decline to participate in or observe any part of surgery, other invasive procedures or experiments performed on an animal, or any termination of life.

(b) A student who exercises his or her right to decline participation in any of the activities involving animals listed in subsection (a) must be given a suitable alternative education project designed to provide the student with factual knowledge, information, or experience required by the course of study.

(c) If a test requires the use of dissection or dissected specimens, students shall be offered an alternative test that does not use such specimens.

(d) A student may not be penalized or discriminated against, with regard to grade for the class, removal from the class, or otherwise, for refusing to participate in or observe any activities set forth in subsection (a).

(e) The state board of education shall adopt necessary rules and regulations to ensure the proper administration and compliance with this act, including, but not limited to, notifying all schools and requiring each school to notify its students and their parents, in writing, at a time to be specified by the board, that all students have the right to refuse participation or observation of any activities involving animals listed in subsection (a)."

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

 

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Student Informed Consent to Animal Dissection and Vivisection

 

 

Description:

Allows public school students in grades K through 12 to decline participation in dissection, vivisection and other procedures harmful to animals. Prompts schools to make alternative educational projects available, and the board of education to develop rules and give notice to all schools.

 

 

 

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