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HB 202: Ritalin bill passes House

The Salt Lake Tribune
January 24, 2007
By Nicole Stricker

The "Ritalin bill" barring schools from pushing psychiatric medications passed the House floor Wednesday.

The bill prevents teachers from requiring parents to medicate their kids. Sponsor Michael Morley, R-Spanish Fork, said this year's version addresses concerns that triggered two past vetoes.

Several parent and physician groups fear chilled communication between teachers and parents. Supporters say diagnoses should come only from medical professionals. The bill passed 51-23.

What's next: Moves to a Senate committee.