Louisiana Creationism Repeal: Hearing Tomorrow

Our last post on this topic was Louisiana Creationism Repeal: 16 April 2012. The next few indented paragraphs provide background information, which most of you can skip:

This is about the effort to repeal the infamous Louisiana Science Education Act (the “LSEA”), which the legislature passed almost unanimously in 2008.

The LSEA is an anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism “Academic Freedom” law modeled after the Academic Freedom Act promoted by the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).

Zachary Kopplin is once again leading the effort to repeal the law. This is Zack’s website devoted to last year’s (and now this year’s) repeal effort. Zack has lined up 75 Nobel Prize winners to support this year’s effort. Last year — when he had “only” 41 Nobel Laureates for Repeal — the legislature wasn’t impressed.

Senator Karen Carter Peterson has once again sponsored a repeal bill in the legislature — SB374 (SENATE BILL NO. 374). This is the bill’s text (pdf file). Stripped of its technicalities, it says that the LSEA “is hereby repealed” and that it will become effective “upon signature by the governor or, if not signed by the governor, upon expiration of the time for bills to become law without signature by the governor.” Short and sweet.

We’ve just learned from Zack that Senator Peterson’s bill is scheduled to be heard by the Education Committee on 19 April 2012 — that’s tomorrow. Here’s the committee’s agenda for that date, and the repeal bill is the fourth item on the list of fourteen bills being considered that day. It’s not likely that much time will be spent on the repeal bill, and we don’t know if any witnesses are scheduled to appear.

If you’re interested in contacting the committee members, here’s a list of their names and email addresses. Whatever happens at the hearing, we’ll let you know as soon as the news is available.

Addendum: Zack says there will be a broadcast of the hearing that you can watch on your computer. He provides this link. When you go there you can scroll down to see a clickable list of committee hearings. Those hearings being broadcast have a little “TV” symbol next to them. The one discussing the repeal bill is the Senate Education Committee, but there’s nothing yet to indicate that it’ll be available online.

Early this morning there were none with that symbol, but recently one popped up for the State Bond Commission, which is now in progress. We assume the same thing will happen for the Senate Education committee when the hearing starts. The repeal bill is fourth on the agenda.

If you click on the one icon that does appear, you get sent here, where there’s a list of sessions, and we want the one on the Senate side in the Hainkel Room. Nothing’s going on yet.

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10 responses to “Louisiana Creationism Repeal: Hearing Tomorrow

  1. We’ll be there and we’ll get to testify.

  2. @Anonymous: Care to elaborate on who is “we”?

  3. Didn’t realize that my normal account hadn’t saved. Me, some other students, teachers, and scientists.

  4. Zack says there will be a broadcast of the hearing that you can watch on your computer. He provides this link. When you go there you can scroll down to see a clickable list of committee hearings. Those hearings being broadcast have a little “TV” symbol next to them. The one discussing the repeal bill is the Senate Education Committee, but there’s nothing yet to indicate that it’ll be available online.

    Early this morning there were none with that symbol, but recently one popped up for the State Bond Commission, which is now in progress. We assume the same thing will happen for the Senate Education committee when the hearing starts. The repeal bill is fourth on the agenda.

    If you click on the one icon that does appear, you get sent here, where there’s a list of sessions, and we want the one on the Senate side in the Hainkel Room. Nothing’s going on yet.

  5. The broadcast is now on. I donno when they’ll get to the repeal bill.

  6. It’s on now. Senator Peterson is speaking.

  7. Now Zack is speaking about his list of 78 Nobel scientists who support repeal.

  8. Gene Mills spoke against repeal. Then someone from Gov Jindal’s office spoke against repeal. Now some woman who homeschools her kids is claiming that evolution is “historical science” and is therefore unreliable.

  9. Tomato Addict

    Trying to view, but Plugin no worky.