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Morse receives AIBS Education Award

M. Patricia Morse is the 2003 recipient of the Education Award from the American Institute of Biological Sciences. The award is presented annually to individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to education in the biological sciences. Morse, a marine biologist and science educator at the University of Washington, is a lifetime member of NCSE. Congratulations from all of us at NCSE!

Textbook-Related Legislation Moves Forward

On May 10 the Texas House of Representatives passed HB 1172 and forwarded it to the Senate. This bill would restore the State Board of Education's (SBOE) authority to reject textbooks for any reason, a power which has been restricted in recent years by other legislation. Previously Texas had been the scene of spirited creationist attacks on evolution during its textbook adoption process. Because of the size of its educational system Texas exerts considerable influence over publishers and the national textbook marketplace.

Anti-evolution legislation in South Carolina

On April 29 the South Carolina Senate passed S153 and forwarded it to the House of Representatives, where it was referred to the Committee on Education and Public Works. This bill originally dealt with instructional materials for public schools. On April 9 Sen. Michael Fair proposed an amendment which would have required a disclaimer in all kindergarten through 12th grade science books stating "The cause or causes of life are not scientifically verifiable.

HB 1782 Tabled

House Bill 1782 was considered by the Louisiana House of Representatives on April 30. After 15 minutes of discussion on the House floor, the bill was tabled by a vote of 57 to 34, making any further action in this session very unlikely.

Potential anti-evolution legislation in Louisiana

The Louisiana House of Representatives is considering a bill, HB 1782, that "prohibits any branch, department, agency, official, employee, or other entity of state government or of any political subdivision from knowingly printing or distributing material that contains information that is false or fraudulent."

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