Rose Bud EAST Students Participate in Law-Making Process


Rose Bud EAST Students Participate in Law-Making Process
8/14/2013 4:20:17 PM

Students initiate Senate Bill 527 to help protect Arkansas children from abuse.

Rose Bud High School EAST wanted to do something to help protect the innocence of children across the state, so EAST student Bailey started a Peer Counseling program at her school.

After looking at Arkansas laws and talking with teachers, the project team realized that changes needed to be made. Bailey presented Senator Jonathan Dismang with a bill proposal that would, among other things, require schools to provide professional development training for teachers to recognize the signs of sexual child abuse.

Senator Dismang approved of the project, re-wrote the bill and began fighting for it. In the end, SB527 was written to include professional development training to recognize child maltreatment, including sexual abuse, rape and other forms of physical violence.

The bill passed the senate 35-0 on March 31, and Governor Beebe signed it into law on Wednesday, April 6. Bailey, fellow EAST student Meisha, Rose Bud EAST Facilitator Tami Baker and Senator Jonathan Dismang all attended the signing of the bill. Governor Beebe presented each of the students with an ink pen which he used for signing.

SB527 is now Act 1236. Not only have the Rose Bud EAST students, with the help of Senator Dismang, taken a stand against child violence, they have also realized that you don’t have to be an adult to make a difference in this world.

For a copy of Senate Bill 527, click here.



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