Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 33

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 20-30-5-4.

Synopsis: Voter education. Requires public and accredited nonpublic high schools to provide: (1) a three hour session to grade 12 students concerning voting; and (2) voter registration forms to graduating students and to students who leave school without graduating and are at least 18 years of age.

Effective: July 1, 2007.





Rogers




    January 8, 2007, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career Development.







Introduced

First Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2007)


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SENATE BILL No. 33



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 20-30-5-4; (07)IN0033.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 20-30-5-4, AS ADDED BY P.L.1-2005, SECTION 14, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2007]: Sec. 4. (a) Each public school and nonpublic school shall provide within the two (2) weeks preceding a general election for all students in grades 6 through 12 five (5) full recitation periods of class discussion concerning:
        (1) the system of government in Indiana and in the United States;
        (2) methods of voting;
        (3) party structures;
        (4) election laws; and
        (5) the responsibilities of citizen participation in government and in elections.
     (b) Each public and nonpublic high school, assisted by local election officials, shall provide a single three (3) hour comprehensive session to students in grade 12 concerning voting. The session shall include at least the following elements:
        (1) The importance of voting.
        (2) Voter registration requirements and procedures, including the opportunity to register for students who will be eligible to vote at the next election.
        (3) Methods of voting, including:
            (A) an explanation and demonstration of the voting method used in the county in which the high school is located; and
            (B) the use of absentee ballots.
        (4) The sites of polling places in the county in which the high school is located, and an explanation of how to determine which polling place to use.

     (c) Each public and nonpublic high school shall provide a voter registration form to:
        (1) a graduating senior at the same time the graduating senior's diploma is awarded; and
        (2) a student who leaves school without graduating if the student is at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time the student leaves school.

    (b) (d) A student may not receive a high school diploma unless the student has completed a two (2) semester course in American history.
    (c) (e) If a public school superintendent violates this section, the state superintendent shall receive and record reports of the violations. The general assembly may examine these reports.