Our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) have posted the news: A new antiscience bill in Florida. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Florida’s Senate Bill 330, filed on January 14, 2019, would, if enacted, require “[c]ontroversial theories and concepts” discussed in science standards “[to] be taught in a factual, objective, and balanced manner.”
That could mean almost anything, but we’ve seen language like that in lots of creationist bills. NCSE says:
Although there is no indication in the bill about which “theories and concepts” are deemed to be “controversial,” much less any guidance about adjudicating disputes about which are and which are not, it is suggestive that the bill’s sole sponsor, Dennis Baxley (R-District 12), has a history of antievolution advocacy.
Ah yes, Senator Dennis Baxley (that’s his page at the legislature’s website). He’s a funeral director who sponsored one of Florida’s creationist bills last year — see Florida Creationism Bill for 2018. It died in committee. His new bill this year looks very similar.
You can track the history of Baxley’s bill at this link: SB 330. Nothing has happened yet because the bill was pre-filed. The Florida legislature won’t convene until 05 March, and they’ll adjourn on 03 May. That means we won’t be seeing much news on this for a while — unless Baxley gives the press an entertaining interview or something. We’ll be watching.
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