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Utah's SB 96 approved by committee

Utah's Senate Bill 96, sponsored by Senator Chris Buttars (R-District 10), was approved by the Senate Education Committee by a 4-2 vote along party lines on January 17, 2006.

"Intelligent design" criticized in Vatican newspaper

L'Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper, published a piece in its January 16-17, 2006, edition by Fiorenzo Facchini, a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Bologna, which praised the decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover and described "intelligent design" as unscientific. The New York Times (January 18, 2006) noted, "The article was not presented as an official church position.

A second antievolution bill in Oklahoma

House Bill 2526 [Link broken] (RTF) is the second antievolution bill to be introduced in the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2006, and like its predecessor HB 2107, it will presumably be considered after the legislature convenes on February 6, 2006.

Settlement in Hurst v. Newman

The lawsuit in Hurst et al. v. Newman et al. -- in which eleven parents challenged the constitutionality of a four-week intersession course on "The Philosophy of Design" (formerly "The Philosophy of Intelligent Design") at Frazier Mountain High School in Lebec, California -- was settled on January 17, 2006.

Antievolution legislation in Utah

Senate Bill 96, sponsored by Senator Chris Buttars (R-District 10), was filed on January 4, 2006, and presumably will be taken under consideration after the legislature convenes on January 16, 2006.

Antievolution legislation on the horizon in Oklahoma

When the Oklahoma House of Representatives convenes on February 6, 2006, among the bills awaiting attention will be House Bill 2107 (RTF), dubbed the Academic Freedom Act. If enacted, HB 2107 would provide:

A. Every public school teacher in the State of Oklahoma, shall have the affirmative right and freedom to present scientific information pertaining to the full range of scientific views in any curricula or course of learning.

California parents sue school district over "ID" class

Eleven parents have brought suit against the El Tejon School District in Lebec, California to stop it from teaching a course which promotes creationism. Attorneys from Americans United for Separation and State (AU) and the law firm Arnold and Porter are representing the plaintiffs.

AU's press release announcing the suit notes that, " On Jan. 1, the board of trustees of El Tejon Unified School District approved an elective called 'Philosophy of Design' that advocates 'intelligent design' and other concepts of creationism."

Antievolution legislation in Indiana

Antievolution legislation materialized in Indiana, but not in the form originally threatened by its sponsor. According to the Indianapolis Star (January 11, 2006), Representative Bruce A. Borders (R-Jasonville) introduced House Bill 1388 in the Indiana House of Representatives on January 10, 2006.

Antievolution legislation in Missouri

House Bill 1266 was introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives on January 9, 2006.