OLYMPIA – The Senate passed Senator Claire Wilson’s (D-Auburn) bill aimed at protecting students’ personal information on a 27-19 vote.

Senate Bill 5127 was brought forward after Washington schools expressed uncertainty about redacting this type of information if it was contained in an email.

This legislation gives school districts reassurance that they can redact a student’s personal information to fulfill a public records request regardless of where that personal information is found.

“This bill is strictly about student safety. We must protect their personal information, especially when disclosing that information could jeopardize their physical health, mental health or safety,” Sen. Wilson said.

The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.