Is South Dakota’s Creationism Bill Dead?

We found a cryptic article at the website of radio station KELO in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with this headline: Bill allowing interpretation in South Dakota classes fails.

Is that the bill we recently wrote about in South Dakota Creationism: New Bill for 2016? The article doesn’t mention the bill number, nor does it mention its sponsors. It says, with bold font added by us:

The South Dakota Senate Committee on Education today killed a bill sponsors say was intended to protect the teaching of certain scientific information.

Okay, but what’s the bill number? They don’t say, but they tell us:

The bill failed four to three. It was sent to the 41st day of the 38 day session.

Okay, some bill was killed. Was it the one that concerns us? The lack of information from that radio station is very frustrating, but that doesn’t stop your Curmudgeon. In our earlier post about the creationist bill, we said:

You can follow the progress of the new bill here: Senate Bill 83. Nothing’s happened yet except that it was referred to the Senate Education Committee on 25 January. The South Dakota legislature convened on 12 January, and they’re scheduled to adjourn on 29 March.

So we followed that link and were informed that Senate Bill 83, the creationist bill we had written about, was “Deferred to the 41st legislative day, Passed, YEAS 4, NAYS 3.” Hey — that’s the same fate as the bill mentioned by the radio station.

So we’re not certain. This could be a false alarm, or maybe we scooped everyone else. Time will tell.

Addendum: Another radio station, SDBP in Vermillion, South Dakota, says that it’s Senate Bill 83. Here’s their story: Science Bill Dies In State Committee. So we got it right.

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4 responses to “Is South Dakota’s Creationism Bill Dead?

  1. From the KELO website:
    “Jorgenson says the U.S. Supreme Court has held creationism to be a religious viewpoint and would not be protected under this bill. She says there was a concern that the bill would sanction the teaching of intelligent design, which she says is not true.”

    This, to me, suggests that the bill is indeed the one in question.

  2. Update: Another radio station, SDBP in Vermillion, South Dakota, says that it’s Senate Bill 83. Here’s their story: Science Bill Dies In State Committee. So we got it right.

  3. That’s right, and you can verify that SB 83 is dead on the legislative website: http://legis.sd.gov/Legislative_Session/Bills/Bill.aspx?Session=2016&Bill=83