Bill Will Stop Teachers From Recommending "Psychotropic Drugs"

Bill Will Stop Teachers From Recommending "Psychotropic Drugs"

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A bill that would stop teachers from recommending the use of "psychotropic drugs" was signed off yesterday by the full House.

The so-called "Ritalin Bill" would block school officials from recommending students take medications to control their behavior or recommending doctors without a parent's permission.

Parents who decline medication or evaluations could not be turned in to the Division of Child and Family Services.

During an hour long debate, some legislators repeatedly tried to amend the bill to limit restrictions on student behavior evaluations.

But conservative lawmakers cast the bill as a nod to parental autonomy and voted 41 to 32 to send the bill to the Senate.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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