Yesterday, when we posted our Hearing Report about the Senate Education Committee’s hearing on Senator Karen Carter Peterson‘s bill to repeal the odious Louisiana Science Education Act (the “LSEA”), we did the best we could, but we were sometimes distracted from watching the broadcast, and when the vote came it went so swiftly that we missed it.
But now, thanks to one of our clandestine operatives, code-named “Bayou Boy,” we’ve learned that Senator Peterson has a blog, and she’s not only written about the hearing, she has a video of the proceedings. You can see it all here.
Among the interesting things Senator Peterson says are these:
The Senate Education Committee took up the Repeal with only 4 members present on the dais, the minimum for a quorum. At the outset, it was clear that several members wanted to avoid voting to retain this law. Last year, the same Committee boldly voted 6-1 to scuttle the repeal. This year, however, despite an extensive agenda during which other members were present, several walked out in the hall during the Repeal debate.
Then she quotes a bit from Zack Kopplin’s powerful presentation, after which we learn this:
Senator Dan Claitor amended the Repeal bill (SB 374) to repeal further language in Louisiana law, Louisiana RS 17:286.4, which provides explictly for “balanced treatment of creation-based science,” and which has already determined to be unconstitutional. This amendment was accepted without objection by the Education Committee.
Very nice. That’s the law that was declared unconstitutional in Edwards v. Aguillard, but which is still on the books. Let’s read on:
In the end, the Senate Education Committee defeated passage of the bill by a close vote of 1-2, with Senator Claitor voting in favor. The Chairman exercised his right not to vote.
There were only three votes. That’s why we missed it — the voting took only about 30 seconds.
She concludes with this:
The Repeal will return next year, and each year, until we defeat this law. It is the right thing to do for our students, our state and our future.
All right! Cheers for Zack and for Senator Peterson. Now click over to her blog and watch the video.
Addendum: Here are several brief segments from the hearing that have been posted at YouTube: 2012 Attempt to Repeal Louisiana’s Creationism Law.
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