Senate Education committee passes public school prayer bill

April 20, 2018 - 2:16 pm


The Senate Education committee moved a measure that allows public school teachers to pray with students. The bill would further existing law that allows school employees to volunteer to supervise voluntary student-initiated, student-led prayer. Bossier City Senator Ryan Gatti.

“I’ll just say this… this ‘permission slip process’ is a lot cleaner than the old way, that it’s been handled… where it just lawsuits like whack-a-mole, someone prays… someone else prays, they get sued,” Gatti said.

Gatti says the improved legislation will make it easier for the kids to do what they want to.

“This is different, this is students wanting it and the students want this… teachers want to do it, and in fact, teachers were named in lawsuits,” Gatti said.

But Metairie Senator Conrad Appel thinks the bill will only get the state sued. He voted against the bill.

“If the students want it, why can’t they just go across the hall and do it, like they do now?  I I mean… listen, I want to public school a long time ago and nobody prayed… we didn’t pray,” Appel said.

It now heads to the Senate floor.

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