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Antievolution legislation dies in Missouri

When the Missouri legislature adjourned on May 18, 2012, both antievolution bills in the House of Representatives died in committee. House Bill 1276 would have permitted teachers "to help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of the theory of biological and hypotheses of chemical evolution." House Bill 1227 would have required "the equal treatment of science instruction regarding evolution and intelligent design," both in public elementary and secondary schools and in "any introductory science course taught at any public institution of higher education" in the state. Both bills were referred to the House Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education but never received a hearing.