SALT LAKE CITY -- A lawmaker wants school districts to provide education for parents to deal with topics such as drug abuse, pornography and suicide.
Rep. Steven Eliason, R-Sandy, read a letter from a constituent who said parents need to know what to say to their teenagers when tragedies occur.
Eliason said he had to talk about a suicide with his own middle-school child and it was difficult.
Eliason is the sponsor of House Bill 420, which was approved by the House, 40-30 with five absent, on Thursday. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.
The bill makes it mandatory for school districts to provide a parenting class at least once a year and cover those topics. The bill's opponents said it is one more mandate from the state without any funding provided.