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From the ECS State Policy Database
Religion--Prayer/Meditation


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This database is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Most entries are legislative, although rules/regulations and executive orders that make substantive changes are included. Every effort is made to collect the latest available version of policies; in some instances, recent changes might not be reflected. For expediency purposes minimal attention has been paid to style (capitalization, punctuation) and format.

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State Status/Date Level Summary
TNSigned into law 04/2014Postsec.Religion in Higher Ed
S.B. 2423
Prohibits the board of regents and the University of Tennessee's board of trustees from adopting policies that substantially burden students' free exercise of religion.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/SB2423.pdf....

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VAVetoed 04/2014P-12Religious Viewpoint Expression
S.B. 236
Codifies the right of students to (i) voluntarily pray or engage in religious activities or religious expression before, during, and after the school day in the same manner and to the same extent that students may engage in nonreligious activities or expressio...

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TNSigned into law 04/2014P-12Religious Freedom
H.B. 1547
Mandates that a Local Education Agency (LEA) shall treat a student's voluntary expression of a religious viewpoint on an otherwise permissible subject in the same manner the LEA treats a student's voluntary expression of a secular or other viewpoint on an othe...

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LASigned into law 06/2013P-12Student-Initiated Prayer Gatherings at Public Schools
H.B. 724
Authorizes school authorities, upon student request, to permit students to gather for prayer in a classroom, auditorium, or other space that is not in use, at any time the school is open before or after the school day, or at any noninstructional time during th...

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FLSigned into law 03/2012P-12Student-Delivered Inspirational Message at Student Assembly
S.B. 98
Authorizes a local board to adopt a policy that allows an inspirational message to be delivered by students at a student assembly. Provides policy requirements. http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2012/0098/BillText/er/PDF...

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ILSigned into law 07/2009P-12
Postsec.
Moment of Silence on Veterans' Day
H.B. 972
Provides that if a public school, university, or community college holds any type of event at the institution on November 11, Veterans' Day, the governing board of the school or institution must require a moment of silence at that event to recognize Veterans' ...

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ILVeto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 10/2007P-12Period of Silence
S.B. 1463
Amends the Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act. Provides that a teacher must observe a brief period of silence at the opening of every school day with the participation of all pupils assembled. Provides that this period may not be conducted as a religious...

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GASigned into law 05/2005P-12Prayer and Private Schools
H.B. 678
Provides that state law may not prohibit a private school from conducting a prayer prior to an athletic event held on the campus of the private school; and that athletic teams from public schools cannot be prohibited from participating in an athletic event hel...

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ILSigned into law 06/2002P-12Silent Reflection Act
H.B. 4117
Amends the Silent Reflection Act. Changes the short title of the Act to the Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act. Allows students in the public schools to voluntarily engage in individually initiated, non-disruptive prayer that is not sponsored, promoted, ...

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SCSigned into law 06/2002P-12Graduation Messages
H.B. 4683
Authorizes the governing body of a school board or school district to adopt a policy that permits the use of a brief opening or closing message by a student at a high school graduation exercise; provides the conditions under which this message may be delivered...

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LAVetoed 04/2002P-12Voluntary Student Prayer in Bossier Parish
H.B. 22A
Forbids any public elementary or secondary school student in Bossier Parish to be prohibited from participating in voluntary, student-initiated, student-led prayer at any time before, during or after the school day as long as such prayer is nonsectarian, nonco...

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LASigned into law 04/2002P-12Silent Prayer or Meditation
H.B. 13A
Requires that school prayer or meditation be silent....

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NDSigned into law 04/2001P-12Religious and secular speech in schools
H.B. 1437
Relates to religious and secular speech in schools and repeals section relating to periods of silence during a school day....

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MSSigned into law 03/2001P-12Requirement for Daily Period of Quiet Reflection
H.B. 51
Authorizes a brief period of quiet reflection in public school classrooms; authorizes and directs principals and teachers in public elementary and secondary schools to display the "In God We Trust" motto of the United States of America in each classroom, schoo...

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