No sooner than Oklahoma’s SB 320 gets axed than we find out about another “academic freedom”/”strengths and weaknesses” bill. This time it’s Missouri HB 656 introduced on Feb 10th. As NCSE reports, Robert Wayne Cooper (R-District 155), the chief sponsor, has a history of wasting time introducing pro-creationism bills.

So the current state of play for 2009 is:

  • Mississippi - dead in committee
  • Oklahoma - dead in committee
  • New Mexico - in committee
  • Iowa - in committee
  • Alabama - in committee.
  • Missouri - in committee
  • Texas - at state board
  • Florida - looks like there's to be a "teach intelligent design" proposal on the cards.

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I had received the news that Oklahoma SB 320 died in committee whilst at the Will Rogers airport heading home. I tried to post some details using my phone but that clearly didn't work. In the comments section Vic provides the details. This means the state of the nation currently is: Mississippi -…
No sooner that I posted the current status of anti-evolution legislation that Glenn Branch posted on a new “academic freedom” bill in Alabama. HB 300 is sponsored by Republican (seeing a trend here?) David Grimes and has been sent to committee. Unsurprisingly, it’s the same old DI boilerplate that…
The NCSE is reporting that the Mississippi Disclaimer Bill has died in committee, leaving Alabama as the only state with a disclaimer on biology textbooks. Apparently the bill’s sponsor, Gary Chism (R-Distinct 37) is considering “drafting another bill next year supporting the teaching of the…
From the NCSE: Senate Bill 758 (document), the so-called Oklahoma Science Education Act, which would have undermined the integrity of science education in the Sooner State, is dead. February 25, 2013, was the deadline for Senate bills to pass their committees, but the Senate Education Committee…

So much wasted time and money. The courts will be busy if any more (bad LA) of these pass.

I'm going to bet that the New Mexico, Iowa, and Missouri bills all die with little fanfare in committee. I'm also going to bet that one of the next flare-ups with be South Carolina, and that bill, too, will die in committee.