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Back to 1981 in Louisiana

At its May 29, 2013, meeting, the Louisiana House Education Committee declined to endorse the attempt to repeal Louisiana's Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science Act.

Antievolution bills die in Missouri

Two antievolution bills died in committee in the Missouri House of Representatives on May 17, 2013, when the legislature adjourned.

Louisiana to repeal 1981 creationist law?

Louisiana's Senate Bill 205 would, if enacted, repeal the state's Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science Act, which was enacted in 1981 and declared to be unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in Edwards v. Aguillard in 1987.

"Intelligent design" legislation in Texas dies

Texas's House Bill 285 died in the House Committee on Higher Education on May 6, 2013, when the deadline for House committees to pass House bills expired.

Repeal effort fails again in Louisiana

Louisiana's Senate Bill 26 (PDF) was tabled on a 3-2 vote in the Senate Committee on Education on May 1, 2013, which effectively kills the bill in committee, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune (May 1, 2013).

Evolution in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

In a wide-ranging article, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (April 28, 2013) discussed "the ill-kept secret about public school biology classrooms nationwide — that evolution often isn't taught robustly, if at all." In Pennsylvania as around the nation, "[f]aith-based belief in creationism and intelligent design continues to be discussed and even openly taught in public school classrooms, despite state curriculum standards."

Jindal connects the dots

Interviewed by NBC News (April 12, 2013), Louisiana's governor Bobby Jindal (R) explicitly stated that the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act permits the teaching of creationism, including "intelligent design."

Antievolution legislation for Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania

Plans are afoot in Pennsylvania "to lobby the state legislature with a plea to enable teachers in public schools to present alternate, controversial 'theories' — ones that violate the basic scientific principle that they be able to be tested — when teaching evolution," according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (April 11, 2013).

Baton Rouge Advocate endorses repeal effort

In a March 20, 2013, editorial, the Baton Rouge Advocate editorially endorsed Louisiana's Senate Bill 26 (PDF), which if enacted would repeal the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act.

Repeal effort revived again in Louisiana

Senate Bill 26 (PDF), prefiled in the Louisiana Senate on March 12, 2013, and provisionally referred to the Senate Committee on Education, would, if enacted, repeal Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:285.1, which implemented the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act, passed and enacted in 2008.

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