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New antievolution legislation in Arkansas


House Bill 2607, introduced in the Arkansas House of Representatives as a shell bill on March 4, 2005, and amended and engrossed on March 10, is intended to allow the teaching of "intelligent design" as "a parallel to evolutionary theory" in the public schools of Arkansas. If enacted, the bill would require the state Department of Education to include "intelligent design" in its educational frameworks and encourage teachers in the state to include it in their lesson plans.

"Balanced treatment" bill dies in committee


Senate Bill 2286 has died in the Education Committee of the Mississippi Senate, according to the legislature's website. The bill would have required "balanced treatment to the theory of scientific creationism and the theory of evolution."

Legislation fails to progress


Two evolution-related measures have failed to progress through the Montana legislature and are dead for this session. March 1 was the deadline for bills to pass in their first house. One potential bill, known by its draft number of LC1199, was never formally introduced. Sponsored by Rep. Roger Koopman, the bill had a short title reading: "Allow teaching competing theories of origin". This bill apparently never completed the drafting process.

Scott to be honored by OSU


On March 2, 2005, The Ohio State University announced that NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the university's winter quarter commencement on March 20, where she will also deliver the commencement address. OSU's press release describes Scott as "considered one of the most active and articulate proponents for scientific literacy in the country ... nationally recognized as a proponent of the separation of church and state ...

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