Affirmative Consent laws and policies are making their way through the states. We are tracking the "Yes Means Yes" movement through the world. Below the jump is a listing of state by state campus and legislative policy with links to laws and pending policy/legislation.



Affirmative Consent is making it's way through the Senate.

Bill Text: The Campus Accountability and Safety Act

  'A Senate committee explored possible responses to sexual assault in college Wednesday during a hearing that suggested there is bipartisan momentum for legislation to address what has emerged as a key issue on many campuses.' - Washington Post More Here

Update 2019: Under Secretary DeVos, This ACT is currently on hold in the Trump Administration


12.9.15: #ESSA Passes (Every Student Succeeds Act):

Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act this morning (12.9). An early education bill which has key bipartisan legislation to help protect kids from sexual abuse by funding
sexual abuse prevention education. (Sponsors: Gillibrand, Heller, Feinstein)


Full#ESSA / #Erin's Law Post Here


World Affirmative Consent

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Running list of State by State Laws (updated as new legislation is introduced and/or passed):

Alaska  2.14.16: Report on the Alaska Legislature Join Judiciary Committee Meeting, Re: Campus Sexual Assault (Article from UAF, legislators: Focus on survivor support, not perpetrator protection)
Arizona 1.21.15: House Bill 2474 - proposed by Democratic Representative Juan Mendez
California 2.19.16: Assembly Bill 2888  - Passed/Awaiting Governor Brown's Signature (mandatory sentencing if a person is convicted of rape, sodomy, penetration with a foreign object, or oral copulation if the victim was either unconscious or incapable of giving consent dueto intoxication.) (Brock Turner Bill)  / 10.1.15: Governor Brown sign High School Affirmative Consent Bill (DeLeon) SB 695 ; AB 967 (Williams) Mandatory Minimum Suspensions / 3.26.15: SB 186 - Community  Colleges (Williams, Jackson) Passes Senate Committee Sponsored by Senator DeLeon / Signed by Gov. Jerry Brown / 9.24.14: Governor Brown signed first statewide Affirmative Consent Law (SB967)
Colorado 1.29.15 - CU-Boulder Students Push for Statewide Affirmative Consent Policy
Connecticut Update: (6.1.16)  H.B. No. 5376: Signed by the Governor.


Delaware HB1 - (6.30.15) This bill will require responsible employees of institutions of higher educations to report incidents of sexual assault perpetrated by or against a student to the law enforcement authorities or public safety officials serving the institution of the alleged assault within 24 hours. Sponsors: K. Williams & Rep. Mitchell & Rep. Longhurst & Sen. Peterson
Hawaii HB 1249: The legislature finds that the University of Hawaii must provide consistency across its several campuses in how it investigates and responds to reports of campus violence, particularly, sexual assault. (2.11.16)
H.B.821 (Signed 8.21.15) - Includes Affirmative Consent Standard
Indiana  House Bill 1105: Ensures victims of sexual assault on college campuses can file a confidential report of the incident. As it stands, anything currently told to a victims' advocate becomes part of public record. (No Affirmative Consent Standard) 3.8.16: Enrolled to Governor
Iowa  3.24.15: House File 390 - Introduced | Senate File 79 - Introduced
Kansas  2.15.15: HB 2266 - Requiring postsecondary education institutions to adopt a policy on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. (Sponsor: Appropriations)
Louisiana 6.23.15: Gov. Jindall Signed the following bills into law: HB 835 (Rep. Helena Moreno), SB 255 , (Sen. JP Morell) and SB 37 (Rep. Helena Moreno) These bills require training for police/campus officers on sexual assault, and allow examining coroner and officers to take charge of campus sexual assault cases and follow up. All bills call for sexual awareness training.
Maine 11.18.2014: The University of Maine Board of Trustees approved a new policy aimed at reducing cases of on-campus sexual assault.
Maryland UPDATE: 3.17.17 Delegates approve 'yes means yes' sexual-consent standard in schools (High School)

HB 1560

This bill requires, beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, a local board of education to provide age-appropriate instruction on consent as part of the Family Life and Human Sexuality curriculum in every grade in which the curriculum is taught in public schools. “Consent” is defined as clear, unambiguous, knowing, informed, and voluntary agreement between all participants to engage in each act within the course of sexual activity. The bill takes effect July 1, 2017.


H.1041: “An Act concerning sexual violence on higher education campuses.” (Sponsors: Farley-Bouvier / Donahue) Update: Accompanied a study order, see H4228 / Bill S.2465 An Act concerning sexual violence on higher education campuses
Michigan  9.15.15: HB 4903 / SB 0512 Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D-Meridian Twp.) and Rep. Tom Cochran (D-Mason) introduce a bill to teach Affirmative Consent in High School.
Minnesota 7.1.15: University of Minnesota publishes Affirmative Consent Policy | 5.22.15: SB5 - A campus assault protection bill  was passed by the MN Legislature and signed by the Gov. | 3.10.15 HF1689 - An 'Affirmative Consent Standard' bill introduced by Rep. Erin Murphy (waiting for committee hearings)
Missouri SB 262: Introduced on January 6 2016 Sponsors: Senator Jamilah Nasheed
Montana  3.10.16: Draft Bill Introduced to update the definition of “consent” in cases of sexual assault. Current law defines the term ‘without consent’ but leaves the word ‘consent’ mostly undefined.
Nebraska  2019: LB173 -

A BILL FOR AN ACT relating to sexual assault; to amend sections 28-318,128-319, and 28-320, Reissue Revised Statutes of Nebraska; to define and redefine the terms of coercion and without consent; to provide for applicability; to harmonize provisions; and to repeal the original sections. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Nebraska,

New Hampshire Pending - Rep. Cushing Filed Draft Bill
New Jersey S2478 Requires institutions of higher education to adopt affirmative consent standard and other policies regarding sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.   (Beach)
/ A3947 Requires institutions of higher education to adopt affirmative consent standard and other policies regarding sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. (Garcia, Wimberly, Vainieri Huttle, Sumter)
New Mexico
New York 7.7.15 Governor Cuomo Signs Affirmative Consent into Law. INT. 517 : NY City Council Bill in Committee Hearings (2.4.15)
North Carolina  3.26.15: SB 475 (Senators McKissick and Tarte) | SB 505 (J.Jackson, Krawiec, Randleman) "Revoked Consent for Intercourse"
North Dakota
Pennsylvania  12.11.14: Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown says she's inviting the presidents of the city's colleges and universities to a hearing before the council's education committee. More Here...
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee  1.26.15: 400 Officials from 76 Colleges meet in Nashville in effort to fight sex assaults
Texas  2.17.17: Texas Bill SB 970 - Bill to create an Affirmative Consent Standard in Post Secondary Institutions
Utah  1.9.15: HB74 Rep. Angela Romero - Consent Definition for Sexual Offense
US Virgin Islands  6.9.15: US Virgin Island Universities approve Affirmative Consent Standards
Virginia HB 659: Sexual Violence Education Bill signed by Governor (3.11.16) . Any high school family life education curriculum offered by a local school division shall incorporate age-appropriate elements of effective and evidence-based programs on the prevention of dating violence, domestic abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. (Taught at least once in middle school and at least twice in high school)
West Virginia