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Two "Equal Time" Bills Die in State Legislature

May 14 was the last day of the current session of the Missouri House of Representatives. The session ended without any action being taken on House Bill 911 or House Bill 1722, two versions of an attempt to mandate "equal treatment" for intelligent design and evolution in science instruction. The bills are therefore dead for this year.

Alabama legislature lets SB336 die without a vote


by Nick Matzke

On May 17, the final day of the 2004 legislative session, the Alabama state House adjourned without voting on SB336, a bill that would have allowed Alabama's teachers to present "alternative theories" of "biological or physical origins." Although SB336 was on the agenda for the final day, negotiations on the annual budget lasted into the evening, and the legislature adjourned at 10 p.m. without considering several controversial bills.

Pro-science candidates triumph in Montana

After the May 4, 2004, school board election in Darby, Montana, the proposed "objective origins" policy is likely to be dead in the water.

Oklahoma textbook bill passes -- without disclaimer

On April 28, 2004, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed House Bill 2194 -- a bill governing textbook purchase contracts -- by a vote of 96–0. Conspicuously absent from the bill as passed was the disclaimer provision added to the bill on February 23.

A Second "Equal Time for Intelligent Design" Bill

On April 7 House Bill 1722 was introduced in the Missouri General Assembly. This bill would require "the equal treatment of science instruction regarding evoluton and intelligent design". It is sponsored by the same representative as House Bill 911, introduced earlier this year, and contains much the same language as that bill with the exception of a few provisions.

Americans United investigating in Ohio, Montana

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has filed freedom-of-information requests with education officials in Ohio and Montana to obtain detailed information about recent decisions to water down the teaching of evolution, according to a press release issued by the religious liberty watchdog group on April 6, 2004.

Helena censorship attempt fails

Roxanne Cleasby, a parent in Helena, Montana, was attempting to have a book about horses (Juliet Clutton-Brock's Horse) removed from her local elementary school library because it devotes two pages to discussing equine evolution.

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