South Dakota’s 2020 Creationism Bill — It’s Dead

Creationist bill, road kill

This one didn’t last very long. It was little more than a week ago that we posted South Dakota’s First Creationist Bill for 2020.

A mere eight days later, our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) posted this: Antiscience legislation in South Dakota out of commission. They say, with our bold font:

South Dakota’s Senate Bill 59, which would have allowed the misrepresentation of science in the classroom, was tabled on a 7-0 vote in the Senate Education Committee on January 30, 2020, and is thus out of commission.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!. If you visit the legislature’s page on the bill, there is one brief line of information on this, which says:

Education Tabled, Passed, YEAS 7, NAYS 0

That’s a reference to the Education Committee. It was tabled unanimously! Even two of the bill’s sponsors voted to table it. Hey — what does “tabled” mean? It means different things in the US and the UK. According to Wikipedia’s article Table (parliamentary procedure): “In the United States, to “table” usually means to postpone or suspend consideration of a pending motion.”

We described the bill in our earlier post. It was a typical piece of creationist trash, and the same thing had been presented in earlier sessions of that state’s legislature, by the same people who offered this year’s mess. But the Education Committee wouldn’t even consider it. What happened?

There are rumors. One is that the bill’s chief sponsor (Jeff Monroe) suddenly changed his mind, so everyone else went along with him and killed the thing. We may never know what actually happened, but it doesn’t matter. This one seems to be dead — at least for the present session. And that’s good news.

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2 responses to “South Dakota’s 2020 Creationism Bill — It’s Dead

  1. My guess would be that the sponsors initially raised it to satisfy their supporters, but realised that they would have so little support that they would look foolish if it ever came to a vote on the substance

  2. Theodore Lawry

    “Loser” is a very bad word in politics