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Group advances measure affecting KU sexuality class

May 4, 2003

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— A House-Senate conference committee Saturday has informally agreed to keep in a budget proviso that will require universities to provide policies on the use of sexually explicit materials in course work.

The measure was approved by the Senate, but the House version of the budget had no similar provision.

Key lawmakers were meeting Saturday to iron out differences in the two plans, and the House side agreed to keep the Senate proviso in the bill.

The proviso was authored by state Sen. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, in regard to a course at Kansas University on human sexuality.

Wagle has been critical of professor Dennis Dailey's instruction, saying he shows pornographic videos and makes inappropriate comments to female students. Dailey has denied any impropriety, calling Wagle's allegations untrue and malicious.

By keeping Wagle's proviso in the budget bill, it will likely end up on Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' desk.

Sebelius vetoed an earlier proviso by Wagle that was aimed at cutting state funding to KU' s School of Social Welfare because of the class.

This proviso would require universities to give the Kansas Board of Regents their policies on the use of sexually explicit material, sexual harassment and governing discussion about pedophilia.

Nicole Corcoran-Basso, a spokeswoman for Sebelius, said the governor had yet to see the proviso and would make a decision after studying it.

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