A week ago we wrote Tennessee Creationism Bill for 2011. Today we learn from the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) that there’s now A second antievolution bill in Tennessee. But things are not as strange as NCSE’s title would suggest. Their article says, with our bold font:
The sole sponsor of SB 893 is Bo Watson (R-District 11). SB 893 is identical to HB 368, which was introduced in the Tennessee House of Representatives on February 9, 2011 … .
This isn’t as crazy as the situation in Oklahoma, where two different creationism bills are now pending in that state’s legislature. In Tennessee, what was just filed in the state Senate should be considered a companion bill to the one in the House. If the same bill is passed in both chambers, there will no need to reconcile two different bills, requiring the result to passed again in both houses. The way this Tennessee matter is being managed, if each chamber passes the same bill, it can go right to the Governor for signature.
Here’s a link to what was just introduced into the Tennessee Senate: SENATE BILL 893 (2-page pdf file). As you can see, it’s word-for-word identical to what was introduced last week in the state House: HOUSE BILL 368 (2-page pdf file). That means this is a coordinated effort.
Here’s a link for tracking the progress and status of SB 893 as it works its way through the legislative process. Nothing has happened since the bill was introduced on 16 February, except that it was assigned to an education committee. For convenience in tracking both bills, we’ll repeat here the link for the progress and status of HB 368. At the page for each bill is a reference to the companion bill in the other chamber.
The sponsor of the Senate bill is Senator Bo Watson. That’s a fine name for a creationist. His page at the legislature’s website indicates that he’s a physical therapist, for which he studied at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences. Presumably, that makes him qualified to tell the schools in his state how to teach science.
As we noted before, the Tennessee legislature convened on 11 January and is scheduled to adjourn in mid-May. There’s plenty of time for this bill to get passed if the legislature is so inclined.
So keep an eye on Tennessee, dear reader. They may get the creationism law they’ve been hoping for.
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