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H 3512
Session 121 (2015-2016) 

H 3512 General Bill, By Sandifer and G.R. Smith
 A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION
 59-1-456 SO AS TO PROVIDE A SCHOOL DISTRICT MAY EDUCATE STUDENTS ABOUT THE
 HOLIDAYS OF TRADITIONAL WINTER CELEBRATIONS IN A CERTAIN MANNER, AND TO
 PROVIDE THAT A SCHOOL DISTRICT MAY DISPLAY CERTAIN SYMBOLS ASSOCIATED WITH
 THESE HOLIDAYS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY UNLESS THE DISPLAY INCLUDES A MESSAGE THAT
 ENCOURAGES ADHERENCE TO A PARTICULAR RELIGIOUS BELIEF.

   02/04/15  House  Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 13)
   02/04/15  House  Referred to Committee on Education and Public
                     Works (House Journal-page 13)
   03/18/15  House  Member(s) request name added as sponsor: G.R.Smith
   04/23/15  House  Committee report: Majority favorable, minority
                     unfavorable Education and Public Works
                     (House Journal-page 9)
   04/29/15  House  Read second time (House Journal-page 139Next)
   04/29/15  House  Roll call Yeas-99  Nays-0 (House Journal-page Previous139)
   04/30/15  House  Read third time and sent to Senate
                     (House Journal-page 19)
   05/04/15  Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 10)
   05/04/15  Senate Referred to Committee on Education
                     (Senate Journal-page 10)



H. 3512

COMMITTEE REPORT

April 23, 2015

H. 3512

Introduced by Reps. Sandifer and G.R. Smith

S. Printed 4/23/15--H.

Read the first time February 4, 2015.

            

THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND PUBLIC WORKS

To whom was referred a Bill (H. 3512) to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Section 59-1-456 so as to provide a school district may educate students about the holidays, etc., respectfully

REPORT:

That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:

Majority favorable.    Minority unfavorable.

MERITA A. ALLISON    JOHN RICHARD C. KING

For Majority.    For Minority.

            

A BILL

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-1-456 SO AS TO PROVIDE A SCHOOL DISTRICT MAY EDUCATE STUDENTS ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS OF TRADITIONAL WINTER CELEBRATIONS IN A CERTAIN MANNER, AND TO PROVIDE THAT A SCHOOL DISTRICT MAY DISPLAY CERTAIN SYMBOLS ASSOCIATED WITH THESE HOLIDAYS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY UNLESS THE DISPLAY INCLUDES A MESSAGE THAT ENCOURAGES ADHERENCE TO A PARTICULAR RELIGIOUS BELIEF.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Article 5, Chapter 1, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 59-1-456.    (A)    A school district may educate students about the history, customs, and symbols of traditional winter celebrations. In conjunction with providing this education, the district also may allow students and district staff to offer traditional greetings regarding the celebrations including, but not limited to:

(1)    Happy Hanukkah;

(2)    Happy Holidays; and

(3)    Merry Christmas.

(B)    Except as provided in subsection (C), a school district may display on school property scenes or symbols traditionally associated with traditional winter celebrations including, but not limited to, a menorah, a nativity scene, and a Christmas tree, if the display includes a scene or symbol of:

(1)    more than one religion associated with the traditional winter celebrations; or

(2)    one religion associated with the traditional winter celebrations and one secular scene or symbol, but only if an equal number of each are displayed.

(C)    A display relating to a traditional winter celebration must not include a message that encourages adherence to a particular religious belief."

SECTION    2.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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