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Oklahoma, 2015 - SB 665

Creating the Oklahoma Science Education Act, which allows teaching of strengths and weaknesses of exhisting theories, as well as introduce conflicting ones. Also prevents outside powers from intervening in the teachings.

Iowa, 2015 - HF 272

Prevent Iowa from adopting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), particularly because of treatment of evolution and climate change.

Wyoming, 2015 - HB 23

Bill to remove a footnote added to preclude the use of state funds for the review and adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Requirement of the acknowledgement of climate change as fact has been cited as reason for initial inclusion of the footnote.

Florida, 1925

Introduced in 1925, Florida's HB 691 was a straightforward bill aimed at, "prohibiting the teaching of the Evoliution Theory in all universities, normals and all other public schools in Florida, which are supported in whole or in part by the public school funds of the state, and to provide penalities for violation thereof." Penalities for teaching Evolution Theory was the disqualification of "teach[ing] in any public schools of the State," i.e., loss of one's teaching position in the state, permanently. The bill was not passed.

Utah, 1925

HB 105, introduced in 1925, was an all encompassing bill in its prohibitionay sights, and one that fits Utah's interesting political and religious history largely shaped by Utah's Mormon populace, high rates of immigration, and the collision of political idealogies. While not directly aimed at prohibiting solely the teaching of evolution as much as trying to prevent any form of partisan political or sectarian teachings as a result, it did eventually come to include the prohibition of, "atheistic, [and] infidel... doctrine," in the public schools of Utah.

Texas, 1925

Texas' HB 378 contained all the ingredients necessary to weed out evolution in Texas public schools: the explicit prohibition of teaching evolution in the Texas public school systems; the termination of one's position and salary if found guilty of teaching evolution; a monetary fine for violating the provisions of the bill; and formal steps one could take to report someone teaching evolution. The bill went through the Committee on Education with a favorable report, but was ultimately not passed.

Tennessee, 1925

Tennessee's 1925 HB 252, was an extensive bill that if enacted, would have imposed strict requirements on school boards and teachers with the aim of vetting out atheists in the Tennessee public school system. HB 252 imposed a mandatory oath of office of sorts, by forcing all those hoping to attain a teaching position in Tennessee to state their belief in God and Jesus in writing, "all teachers employed by any [Tennessee Boards of Education] shall before entering upon his or her duties as teacher certify in writing that he or she meets the requirements...

Tennessee, 1925

Tennessee's infamous 'Butler Act', HB 185 was the bill that founded the laws underlying John Scopes arrest upon teaching evolutionary in a Tennessee public high school, and his subsequent infamous Scopes 'Monkey' Trial and conviction.

Oklahoma, 1925

Introduced in 1925, Oklahoma's HB 162 had the same purpose as the state's senate accompanying bill, SB 54 - repealing Oklahoma's 1923 HB 197, which restricted textbooks that could be used in Oklahoma's public schools, specifically textbooks in which, "no copyright shall be purchased, nor textbook adopted that teaches the 'Materialistic Conception of History' (i.e.) the Darwin Theory of Creation versus the Bible Account of Creation." Although HB 162 did not pass, SB 54 did, thus effec

Oklahoma, 1925

Oklahoma's 1925 SB 54 was created to correct the folly of Oklahoma's HB 197, which was passed in 1923. HB 197. HB 197 enacted laws creating a system for free textbooks in the state's public schools.


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