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Michigan House Bill 4382

House Bill 4382 was introduced in the legislature in February 2001, and referred to the Education Committee. As of this writing, a hearing in committee is not expected in the near future. HB 4382 would revise Michigan's curriculum content standards to indicate that evolution and natural selection are "unproven theories". In addition, it provides that, along with those "unproven theories", students should be taught "... the theory that life is the result of the purposeful, intelligent design of a creator".

Montana House Bill 588

House Bill 588 was introduced in the state legislature in February 2001, and referred to the State Administration Committee. On February 19 it was heard in committee, and tabled by a 14–4 vote.

Washington Senate Bill 6058

Senate Bill 6058 was introduced in the state legislature in February 2001, and referred to the Education Committee. The bill would require "all science textbooks purchased with state moneys" to contain an evolution disclaimer very similar to that required in Alabama since 1995. The bill had not been taken up in committee before the legislature adjourned its regular session on April 22.

For the text of SB 6058, see http://dlr.leg.wa.gov/billsummary/default.aspx?year=2001&bill=6058

Kansas Board of Education Reinstates Evolution

On February 14, 2001, a newly-seated Kansas State Board of Education voted 7-3 to restore evolution to the Kansas science education standards. The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Science Teachers Association, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Research Council issued a joint statement praising the SBE for their action. Here is their press release:

Creation Books in Library

Dakota County: A parent in School District 196 (Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan) has been trying to donate copies of 2 `intelligent design` books, Darwin on Trial and Darwin’s Black Box, to all of the district’s secondary school media centers. The donations were rejected by district media specialists because the books do not match criteria of appropriateness and usefulness in support of the biology curriculum.

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