LESS than ten days remain in this session of the Florida legislature (they adjourn on 01 May). You may think there’s still time for something to happen with the anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism bill filed by Florida’s state Senator Stephen Wise at the end of February. See: Florida Creationism: Stealth Bill Filed. But we don’t think this is Florida’s year to go creationist.
Your Curmudgeon is now declaring that Wise’s bill is dead; and we are predicting that it will stay that way.
The bill has been sitting in two Senate committees to which it was sent on 10 March. Those are the committees on Education Pre-K – 12 (of which Wise is a member, along with Ronda Storms), and the similarly-named Education Pre-K – 12 Appropriations committee — of which Senator Wise is chairman.
Despite Senator Wise’s influence on both committees, there have been no hearings on his bill, nor are any scheduled. Further, there is no companion bill in the House. So things look bleak — or rosy, depending on one’s position.
Although something might yet happen in these final days of the legislative session, the reason we’re declaring the creationism bill dead is because, instead of attending to it, Wise is devoting his energies to … well, check this out: The Tallahassee Democrat has this story: Senate takes on droopy drawers in schools.
Yes, droopy drawers! Here are some excerpts (from the article), with bold font added by us:
A bill is moving through the Senate that will require students at Florida public schools to not show their underwear in a “vulgar” manner.
“I really am tired of seeing the underwear of guys,” said Sen. Larcenia Bullard, D-Miami. “It’s getting worse.”
“We’re to teach manners and proper dress etiquette to get a job,” Wise said.
So you see, dear reader, with Senator Wise concentrating so intensely on this “sagging pants showing underwear” issue, there seems little likelihood that he’ll be able to devote the necessary attention to his creationism bill. Maybe next year.
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