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February27

Pledge bill passes committee without opposition

Just like its experience across the hall in the House, a bill requiring the reciting of the pledge of allegiance at the start of each school day in every public school classroom had no opposition during its committee hearing.

 

Members of the Senate Education committee unanimously passed House Bill 1150 following a wave of proponent testimony and zero opponents.

 

ASBSD supports the bill.

 

Executive Director Wade Pogany shared with committee members that ASBSD member districts voted unanimously to support a resolution that called for districts to have policies in place for all grade levels to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Pogany said schools in the state will continue to teach about the U.S. flag, patriotism for country, the sacrifice of our country’s veterans and the significance of saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Sen. Larry Rhoden, the bill’s sponsor on the Senate side, said reciting of the pledge is one thing that rises “above local control.” A similar sentiment was expressed and agreed upon at ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly, said Pogany.

 

The bill now moves to the Senate floor for debate and vote.

 

For updates on the bill and other pieces of legislation, check the ASBSD Blog and Bill Tracker page.

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