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Pledge bill passes Senate, bound for Governor

Senators made it a perfect stretch for the Pledge of Allegiance bill.

 

On a 35-0 vote, Senators passed House Bill 1150, which requires the reciting of the pledge of allegiance at the start of each school day in every public school classroom, on Monday. HB 1150 had zero dissenting votes in its run through the committee and floor votes of the House and Senate.

 

The bill now only awaits Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s signature to become law.

 

ASBSD supports the bill. Member districts voted unanimously at the ASBSD Delegate Assembly last fall. to support a resolution that called for districts to have policies in place for all grade levels to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

“I think it is altogether appropriate for this (legislature) to require (reciting of the Pledge) of the school districts,” Sen. Larry Rhoden said. “And, the school districts agree.”

 

ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany has testified during the bill’s two committee hearings that  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.

 

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

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