Two (or three) down in Oklahoma

02.26.2016

Oklahoma's House Bill 3045 (PDF), which would, if enacted, have deprived administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about "scientific controversies," died in the House Rules Committee on February 26, 2016, when a deadline for bills in the House of Representatives to be reported from committee expired.

The sole sponsor of HB 3045 was Sally Kern (R-District 84), a persistent sponsor of antiscience legislation in the Sooner State. Kern's antiscience bills have elicited criticism from scientific and educational organizations within the state and across the country, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

HB 3045 is the second antiscience measure to die in the Oklahoma legislature in 2016, preceded by Senate Bill 1322. Also dying in the House Rules Committee was House Bill 3077 (PDF), introduced by Jason Nelson (R-District 87). Ominously styled the Oklahoma Academic Freedom Act of 2016, it never contained any specific provisions.