Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 23

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 20-30-5-4.6.

Synopsis: School prayer. Allows the governing body of a school corporation or the equivalent authority of a charter school to provide for the recitation of the Lord's Prayer at the beginning of each school day.

Effective: July 1, 2013.





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    January 7, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedure.







Introduced

First Regular Session 118th General Assembly (2013)


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SENATE BILL No. 23



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 20-30-5-4.6; (13)IN0023.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 20-30-5-4.6 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013]: Sec. 4.6. (a) In order that each student recognize the importance of spiritual development in establishing character and becoming a good citizen, the governing body of a school corporation or the equivalent authority of a charter school may require the recitation of the Lord's Prayer at the beginning of each school day. The prayer may be recited by a teacher, a student, or the class of students.
    (b) If the governing body or equivalent authority requires the recitation of the Lord's Prayer under subsection (a), the governing body or equivalent authority shall determine the version of the Lord's Prayer that will be recited in the school corporation or charter school.
    (c) A student is exempt from participation in the prayer if:
        (1) the student chooses not to participate; or
        (2) the student's parent chooses to have the student not

participate.