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H 3345
Session 122 (2017-2018) 

H 3345Next General Bill, By Chumley, Burns, Long, Atwater, West, Magnuson, Martin, 
Trantham, McCravy, V.S. Moss, Loftis, Thayer and Johnson
 A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION
 59-1-444 SO AS TO PROMOTE ACADEMIC FREEDOM FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS BY
 PROVIDING PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS MAY CONDUCT OR PARTICIPATE IN ANY STUDENT-LED
 PRAYER, STUDENT-ORGANIZED PRAYER GROUPS, RELIGIOUS CLUBS, AND OTHER SIMILAR
 ACTIVITIES.

   12/15/16  House  Prefiled
   12/15/16  House  Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works
   01/10/17  House  Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 168)
   01/10/17  House  Referred to Committee on Education and Public
                     Works (House Journal-page 168)
   02/15/18  House  Member(s) request name added as sponsor:
                     Magnuson, Martin, Trantham
   03/06/18  House  Member(s) request name added as sponsor: McCravy
   03/08/18  House  Member(s) request name added as sponsor: V.S.Moss
   03/12/18  House  Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Loftis
   03/13/18  House  Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Thayer
   05/01/18  House  Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Johnson



VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

12/15/2016



H. Previous3345

A BILL

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-1-444 SO AS TO PROMOTE ACADEMIC FREEDOM FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS BY PROVIDING PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS MAY CONDUCT OR PARTICIPATE IN ANY STUDENT-LED PRAYER, STUDENT-ORGANIZED PRAYER GROUPS, RELIGIOUS CLUBS, AND OTHER SIMILAR ACTIVITIES.

Whereas, the South Carolina General Assembly finds that the concept of academic freedom is derived from the guarantee of free speech under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which also permits the free exercise of religious beliefs, among other things; and

Whereas, the South Carolina General Assembly finds that academic freedom by teachers is important to the mission of schools as well as the principles of academia, and that teachers should have freedom to teach or communicate ideas or facts, including those that are inconvenient to external political groups or to authorities, without being targeted for repression, job loss, or imprisonment, and that this right to expression includes the right to express or exercise a religious belief. Now, therefore,

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 59-1-444.    A teacher employed by a public school district may express a religious viewpoint, and also may conduct or participate in any student-led prayer or student-organized prayer groups, religious clubs, or other religious gatherings organized by students of a public school pursuant to Section 59-1-435, Section 59-1-441, or Section 59-1-442, or another provision of law."

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

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