YOUR CURMUDGEON has some good news from Michigan. Our last update reminded you that one of those anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism “academic freedom” bills is still pending in Michigan’s legislature. We discussed the contents of the Senate’s bill here: Creationist Legislation in Michigan: Update.
This link is to a list of all the bills in the Senate Education Committee. If you scroll down you’ll find it — SB 1361. Observe the name of the bill’s sponsor — Bill Hardiman. This is Hardiman’s website.
Here’s a link to the companion bill in the state House: Education Committee Bill Records Search. It’s HB 6027, and it’s been sitting in that committee since 30 April. The sponsor in that chamber is John Moolenaar. This is Moolenaar’s website.
The bills are still pending, and as far as we know, the sponsors of those bills are still in office. So where’s the good news?
An editorial in the Detroit News, Legislature should back real educational reforms, discusses a variety of pending educational measures, none of which are of interest to us here. However, the editorial begins by saying that the state’s legislative session is drawing to a close this week.
We can’t be certain, but we assume that the bills allowing creationism to be taught in science class will quietly die in their respective committees. That will be good news indeed.
But there’s always next year.
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