House Panel Endorses Student Privacy Bill

By: Joy Greenwald - Chief Photojournalist
By: Joy Greenwald - Chief Photojournalist

Cheyenne, WY (AP) - The House Judiciary Committee has advanced a bill that would require parental consent before certain education and personal data can be collected on their child.

The panel approved House Bill 179 on a 7-2 vote on Thursday. The proposal heads to the House floor for more debate.

Before endorsing the bill, the panel amended it to clarify that only data collected by the state Department of Education would require the consent. There were concerns that the original bill could conceivably prevent a local school from collecting even student grades.

Bill sponsor Republican Representative Lynn Hutchings, of Cheyenne, says her bill would encourage parental involvement in their child's education.

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