The lack of news forces us to take the initiative and create some. We decided to see what’s going on with the remaining creationist bills that are still pending in various state legislatures. Our last post on this topic was Creationist Legislation: Mid-2013 Report. Nothing has changed, but it seems appropriate to revisit this subject on April Fool’s Day.
There are two bills pending in Missouri — Andrew Koenig’s HB 179, described here (a typical “academic freedom” bill), and Rick Brattin’s totally crazed House Bill 291, described here. Nothing’s going on at all with Koenig’s bill, except that it’s been referred to the House Rules Committee. Brattin’s bill has been referred to the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, but it’s just sitting there. The Missouri legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on 30 May.
We regard Stan Bingham’s North Carolina Bible Class Bill as being little different from a flat-out bill to promote creationism. It has an Ark-load of co-sponsors. Back in February it was referred to Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate. There have been no hearings or votes, and nothing’s scheduled. The thing hasn’t made any progress at all — not yet. The legislative session is scheduled to adjourn in “early July.”
The only other active creationist legislation we’re aware of is in Texas. That’s Bill Zedler’s HB 285, to prevent — of all things! — discrimination against intelligent design research at the university level. It’s described here, and the thing has been sitting in the House Higher Education Committee since February. There are no hearings scheduled. The Texas legislature will adjourn on 27 May.
Although there’s still plenty of time for crazy things to happen with all of those pending bills, we should remind you that elsewhere it’s been a successful year. Creationism bills have failed to pass in Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Montana, and Oklahoma (they had two bills). Also, Louisiana is still active, thanks to Zack Kopplin’s Third Campaign to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.
That’s the legislative situation so far for 2013. As we said, nothing has changed since our last update, but “no change” is news, and it’s good to know.
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