[Vision2020] Bill would give 'explicit' OK for Idaho schools to use Bible
thansen at moscow.com
Wed Feb 17 08:50:30 PST 2016
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Courtesy of Local News 8 (Idaho Falls, Idaho) at:
Bill would give 'explicit' OK for Idaho schools to use Bible
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -
A northern Idaho senator is backing legislation to "expressly permit" using the Bible in public schools.
Republican Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll of Cottonwood told the Senate Education Committee Thursday that schools are already allowed to reference the Bible, but her bill would make that permission clearer in state law.
The panel unanimously agreed to introduce the bill. It must still pass both chambers before it can head to the governor's desk for his approval.
The legislation says the Bible can be used for reference purposes in public schools while studying topics such as literature, history, biology, music and world geography.
Idaho Senate Bill 1321
Second Regular Session - 2016
IN THE SENATE SENATE BILL NO. 1321 BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO
RELATING TO PUBLIC SCHOOL INSTRUCTION; REPEALING SECTION 33-1604, IDAHO
CODE, RELATING TO BIBLE READING IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS; AND AMENDING CHAPTER 16, TITLE 33, IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 33-1604, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE WHEN THE BIBLE IS PERMITTED TO BE USED IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
SECTION 1. That Section 33-1604, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby repealed.
SECTION 2. That Chapter 16, Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des- ignated as Section 33-1604, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
33-1604. USEOFTHEBIBLEINPUBLICSCHOOLS.TheBibleisexpressly permitted to be used in Idaho public schools for reference purposes to fur- ther the study of literature, comparative religion, English and foreign languages, United States and world history, comparative government, law, philosophy, ethics, astronomy, biology, geology, world geography, archae- ology, music, sociology, and other topics of study where an understanding of the Bible may be useful or relevant. No student will be required to use any religious texts for reference purposes if the student or parents of the student object.
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