A bill that would encourage sixth grade girls to become vaccinated against a sexually transmitted disease that can cause cervical cancer has passed a house committee.
The bill would require most schools to give parents information about the link between human papilloma virus, or HPV, and cervical cancer.
It would also require them to give information about the availability of an HPV vaccine.
Supporters say the legislation is a good balance between parental rights and health protection because it does not require the vaccination.
Some opponents say schools should not be involved even if they simply sent home information about the vaccine to parents.
The bill now moves to the full house for consideration.