Letter to the Editor

printed 01/20/2023

Editor,

I am writing to inform your readers of some pending legislation in Maryland which may be of concern.

The first bill is HB119 Primary and Secondary Education - Health Education Framework - Established.

This bill would require all counties in Maryland to create an “age-appropriate” curriculum that is consistent with the Comprehensive Health Education Framework.

The Framework requires that seventh grade students be able to “identify solo, vaginal, anal, and oral sex along with possible outcomes of each.”

In addition, the framework requires that students in kindergarten through second grade “recognize” and “identify a range of ways people identify and express their gender.”

Frankly, the thought that my 11- or 12-year-old would be required to describe these sex acts is abhorrent.

The bill sponsor is Vanessa.Atterbeary@house.state.md.us.

The other bill of concern is SB1 - Criminal Law - Wearing, Carrying, or Transporting Firearms - Restrictions (Gun Safety Act of 2023).

This bill, if passed, would prohibit a concealed carry license holder from carrying a firearm on or near any public accommodation.

This would pretty much negate the carrying of firearms anywhere except on the owner’s own property.

The bill sponsors are jeff.waldstreicher@senate.state.md.us and susan.lee@senate.state.md.us.

If you disagree with these proposed bills, please contact the sponsors as soon as possible and be sure to copy our Senator, Marybeth.Carozza@senate.state.md.us and our delegates, Wayne.Hartman@house.state.md.us and Charles.Otto@house.state.md.us.

The full text and status of these bills can be read at mgaleg.maryland.gov.

Carol Frazier

Ocean Pines

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