HOUSE BILL No. 1027
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.
January 4, 2005, read first time and referred to Committee on Education.
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
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
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
(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.
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