Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1027

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 20-10.1.

Synopsis: Pledge of Allegiance and moment of silence. Requires the display of a United States flag in each classroom of a school corporation. Allows a school corporation to provide a daily opportunity for students to voluntarily recite the Pledge of Allegiance, with an exemption for those students who choose (or whose parents choose for them) not to participate in the Pledge. Allows a school corporation to establish the daily observance of a 30 second period of silence in each classroom. Repeals the law allowing an optional brief period of silent prayer or meditation.

Effective: July 1, 2005.





Ruppel




    January 4, 2005, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.







Introduced

First Regular Session 114th General Assembly (2005)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1027



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 20-10.1-4-0.5; (05)IN1027.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 20-10.1-4-0.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 0.5. (a) The United States flag shall be displayed in each classroom of a school corporation.
    (b) The governing body of each school corporation may provide a daily opportunity in each classroom of the school corporation for students to voluntarily recite the Pledge of Allegiance. A student may not be required to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance if:
        (1) the student chooses to not participate; or
        (2) the student's parent chooses to not have the student participate.

SOURCE: IC 20-10.1-4-3.5; (05)IN1027.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 20-10.1-4-3.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 3.5. (a) In order to guarantee the right of each student to the free exercise of religion within the schools and to subject the freedom of each student to the least possible coercion from the state either to engage in or to refrain

from religious observation on school grounds, the governing body of a school corporation may establish the daily observance of a thirty (30) second period of silence in each classroom of the school corporation.
    (b) During the thirty (30) second period of silence under subsection (a), the teacher shall ensure that all students remain seated and silent and make no distracting display so that each student may, in the exercise of the student's individual choice, engage in any silent activity that does not interfere with, distract, or impede other students in their exercise of individual choice.

SOURCE: IC 20-10.1-7-8; (05)IN1027.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 20-10.1-7-8 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 8. Voluntary Religious Observance - Authorized. A voluntary religious observance is permitted in each school corporation if the school corporation follows sections 9 and 10 and 11 of this chapter and any additional procedures which that it adopts to assure that the observance is voluntary.
SOURCE: IC 20-10.1-7-11; (05)IN1027.1.4. -->     SECTION 4. IC 20-10.1-7-11 IS REPEALED [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005].