A creationist resolution in Louisiana

03.22.2018

Senate Resolution 33 (PDF), introduced in the Louisiana Senate on March 20, 2018, would, if passed, commend a former state senator "on his support and endorsement of teaching creationism in public schools."

The resolution would honor Bill Keith, who sponsored Louisiana's Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science Act while serving in the state senate in 1981. The law was subsequently overturned as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court's decision in Edwards v. Aguillard in 1987. It remains on the books, however. As NCSE previously reported, there have been three unsuccessful legislative attempts, most recently in 2016, to repeal it.

The chief sponsor of the resolution is John Milkovich (D-District 38), who was the most outspoken opponent of the most recent effort to repeal the Balanced Treatment Act, according to the Associated Press (March 29, 2016).