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Alabama senator prefiles bill to allow elective Bible classes in public schools

Feb 4, 2019

By Sean Ross

Public school students in Alabama could soon be allowed to study the Bible as an official elective class offering.

Senator Tim Melson (R-Florence) has prefiled legislation that would allow the Bible to be taught as an elective for grades six to twelve and require the State Board of Education to adopt rules and policies to implement it.

The prefiled bill has been designated as SB 14 for the upcoming regular session of the Alabama legislature, which begins March 5. SB 14 will be officially referred to the Senate’s committee on education policy when the session convenes.

Melson told ABC 33/40 he is carrying the bill because teachers in his district want to teach the Bible, but do not feel comfortable doing so without a law on the books. He advised that his bill is modeled after a similar law in Kentucky.

While having the sponsor vocally pushing the bill will be important to it having a chance to pass, SB 14 has already picked up two of the most powerful state legislators as supporters.

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