Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, agreed [with Governor Deal], adding that parents would need to be involved in the ultimate decision of whether or not their children participate in the survey.
“I think the CDC does need to get accurate information, but at the same time, asking kids as young as 12 years old whether they’ve had six or more sexual partners is something the parents should get a say-so in,” Hufstetler said.
He also expressed his frustration with the federal government.
“I hate it that the federal government takes our tax money and says ‘We’ll give you back $1.8 million if you to agree to ask questions we want you to,” he said. “That’s just not right.”
The CDC survey is sent to students across the nation and asks questions about drug abuse, violence, alcohol use and suicidal behavior as well as sex. Students are instructed not to include their names.
Rep. Katie Dempsey, R-Rome, said the $1.8 million would be deducted from the health funds over a five-year period. Because of that, she said, the loss of revenue is not as drastic as it looks on paper.
She also said the topic of the survey should be a conversation between children and parents and expressed concern about who might see the data.