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HB 638 - Authorizes Prayer in Schools - Key Vote

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (93-24) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes Prayer in Schools

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes students to voluntarily express a religious viewpoint in school, effective July 1, 2012.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes students to express their religious viewpoints in homework or class work (Sec. 4).
  • Requires school boards to adopt a policy that establishes a limited public forum for student speakers at all school events in which the students may express their religious viewpoints (Sec. 3).
  • Requires the school district to publish a disclaimer stating that the viewpoint of the student does not reflect the viewpoint of the school district at all events where a student speaks publicly (Sec. 3).
  • Requires that religious student groups be given the same rights and privileges as nonreligious student groups (Sec. 5).
  • Authorizes teachers to permit the voluntary participation by students or others in prayer (Sec. 10).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Authorizes Prayer in Schools

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