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WV SB870


Restoring Sanity Act

The purpose of this bill is to establish the Anti-Woke Act; prohibit a school district, a public charter school, the West Virginia Board of Education, the West Virginia Department of Education, or any employee of the aforementioned entities from providing instruction in, requiring instruction in, making part of a course, or requiring a statement or affirmation by any employee certain concepts; prohibit a state institution of higher education and an employee of a state institution of higher education from requiring a student or employee to take instruction in, or include in the curriculum of any required course, or require a statement or affirmation by any student or employee that certain concepts are factual and accurate or must be held as a belief of the student or employee; provide that county board and public charter school employees are not required to use student's preferred pronoun when referring to the student if the preferred pronoun is not consistent with the student's biological sex; prohibit a state institution of higher education from establishing, sustaining, supporting, or staffing a diversity, equity, and inclusion officer or office; and declare the policy of the state that the administrations of state institutions of higher education, and their administrative units, be officially neutral with regard to certain widely contested opinions.

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Healthcare-related professional licensing boards shall not adopt or impose, as a condition of obtaining or renewing licenses, any incentives, or requirements that applicants for licensures undergo, demonstrate familiarity with, or support any DEI training, education, material, or program. (b) Organizations that issue state-required, healthcare-related professional licenses and certifications shall not use DEI material or require DEI training as part of the certification process. (c) Healthcare-related professional licensing boards and organizations that issue healthcare-related professional licenses and certifications shall not conduct internal DEI audits or otherwise engage DEI consultants.

Legislative Session


2024 Regular Session


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2024-02-2614:15HearingSenate Finance Room 451-MSenate Education Committee Meeting


2024-02-26Referred to Judiciary on 2nd reading
2024-02-26Read 1st time
2024-02-26Immediate consideration
2024-02-26Committee substitute reported, but first to Judiciary
2024-02-19To Education
2024-02-19Introduced in Senate
2024-02-19To Education then Judiciary
2024-02-19Filed for introduction