One Oklahoma 2016 Creationism Bill — Dead

Creationist bill, road kill

There were two creationism bills filed in the Oklahoma legislature this year. We wrote about both of them in Two Oklahoma Creationism Bills for 2016.

The first one we discussed was sponsored by Senator Josh Brecheen. He’s been doing things like this — without success — ever since he’s been in the legislature. His bills are all based on the anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act promoted by the Discovery Institute, which we critiqued here: Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws.

Our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) just posted the good news: Antiscience bill dies in Oklahoma. They say:

Oklahoma’s Senate Bill 1322 (PDF), which would, if enacted, have deprived administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about “scientific controversies,” died in the Senate Education Committee on February 25, 2015, when a deadline for senate bills to be reported from committee expired.

You can see the history of Brecheen’s bill here:Bill Information for SB 1322. That page hasn’t been updated by the legislature’s clerks since 02 February, but we’re confident that NCSE has good information.

This leaves one more creationist bill pending in Oklahoma — House Bill 3045 — sponsored by Sally Kern, a sociology major who is married to a preacher. You can track the progress of Sally’s bill here: Bill Information for HB 3045. The last item there is also dated 02 February, when it was sitting in the House Rules Committee, so we don’t know what’s happened since then.

Update: NCSE reports that Kern’s bill is also dead, for the same reasons as Brecheen’s — see Two (or three) down in Oklahoma.

For some reason, the Discoveroids ignored Brecheen’s bill, although it was based on their recommended model. But they posted National Center for Science Education Misrepresents Oklahoma Academic Freedom Bill, in which they praised Kern’s bill, and criticized those who dared to suggest that it might be an attempt to sneak creationism into science classrooms. It was the usual Discoveroid blather, so we didn’t bother to write about it. Addendum: Oh wait — we did post about it — see Discoveroids Defend Oklahoma’s Creationist Bills.

Anyway, the Oklahoma legislature won’t adjourn until 27 May, so we’ll continue watching.

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4 responses to “One Oklahoma 2016 Creationism Bill — Dead

  1. February 25 was the deadline for Senate bills to be reported from committee: http://www.oksenate.gov/schedule/deadlines.aspx
    February 26 was the deadline for House bills to be reported from committee, so HB 3045 (and HB 3077) are now dead, too:
    http://ncse.com/news/2016/02/two-or-three-down-in-oklahoma

  2. Yep, this makes 16 years in a row that these bills have been stopped due mainly to rather massive number of messages sent to the committees. The response each year has been due to many individuals and organizations initiated mainly by Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education, but with cooperation from Oklahoma Science Teachers Association, Oklahoma Academy of Science, several social activist group and a few national organizations. However, they will be back again. Silly Sally Kern files the same bill each year, but this is her last year due to term limits.

  3. Great news! Thanks, Glenn.

  4. Good work, Victor. Well done!