The last time we looked at the legislative situation in Florida was back in February: Florida’s Second Creationism Bill for 2019. We discussed that state’s earlier flirtation with madness in Florida Creationism Bill for 2019.
The second bill was 24 page long, so we quoted the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), which said:
The bill would revise a statute that presently requires instructional materials to be “accurate, objective, balanced, noninflammatory, current, [and] free of pornography” to require such materials to be “accurate and factual; provide objective, balanced, and noninflammatory viewpoints on controversial issues; [and] free of pornography.”
It had other objectionable features too, and to make things worse, a companion bill just like it was filed in the state Senate on 01 March.
We wrote about the state’s first creationism bill earlier in February: Florida Creationism Bill for 2019. The author of that bill was Senator Dennis Baxley, a funeral director who has a history of introducing creationist legislation.
According to our information, the Florida legislature was scheduled to adjourn on 03 May, which was three days ago, so we took a look to see the “progress” of the state’s two creationism bills. Baxley’s bill says: “Last Action: 5/3/2019 Senate – Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration.” That’s what we like to see.
And what about House Bill 855 — the state’s second creationism bill? The tracking link for that one reports: “Last Event: Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration on Friday, May 3, 2019 11:59 PM.”
So there you are. Florida was the last state that was still considering creationist legislation this year. Unless something crazy happens in the few states where the legislature meets all year long, the party’s over for 2019.
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