As we’ve previously reported, there were two creationist 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 happened with Koenig’s bill after it was referred to the House Rules Committee. Brattin’s bill had been referred to the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, and it too was just sitting there, going nowhere.
The Missouri legislative session was scheduled to adjourn on 30 May, but it now seems that they shut down a week early. Our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) just posted this news: Antievolution bills die in Missouri. They say:
Two antievolution bills died in committee in the Missouri House of Representatives on May 17, 2013, when the legislature adjourned.
After describing the failed bills, NCSE closes with this happy note:
In all, eight antievolution bills were introduced in six states (Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma) in 2013; none won passage.
But there’s still Stan Bingham’s North Carolina Bible Class Bill. We see it 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 — not yet. The legislative session is scheduled to adjourn in “early July.”
The only bad news has been in Louisiana, where the legislature refused to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act. And that state is still considering Another Weird Creationism Bill, sponsored by Frank A. Hoffmann, which would allow local school boards to select any science books they want, instead of the current system of state-selected texts. It already passed in the state House, and now it’s up to the Senate, where it’s currently in the Committee on Education. The Louisiana legislature won’t adjourn until 06 June.
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