HB 1210 - School curriculum; human origin theories; scientific evidence

First Reader Summary

A BILL to amend Part 2 of Article 6 of Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to competencies and core curriculum in elementary and secondary schools, so as to provide for the presentation of certain scientific evidence whenever any theory of the origin of humans or other living things is taught; and for other purposes.

Bridges, Sr., Ben D (9th) Walker, Len (87th) Byrd, Roger C (170th)
Crews, Ronald A (78th) Rice, Tom R (79th) Everett, Doug (163rd)
Status Summary HC: Ed SC: LA: 01/15/98 H - Read 2nd Time
Page Numbers - 1/ 2
Code Sections - 20-2-146
House Action Senate
1/14/98 Read 1st Time
1/15/98 Read 2nd Time

HB 1210                                            LC 27 0364 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                        A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 
                               AN ACT 
 
 
  1- 1  To amend Part 2 of Article 6 of Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the 
  1- 2  Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to 
  1- 3  compentencies and core curriculum in elementary and 
  1- 4  secondary schools, so as to provide for the presentation of 
  1- 5  certain scientific evidence whenever any theory of the 
  1- 6  origin of humans or other living things is taught; to 
  1- 7  provide for legislative intent; to provide an effective 
  1- 8  date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes. 
 
  1- 9       BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: 
 
  1-10                           SECTION 1. 
 
  1-11  Part 2 of Article 6 of Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the Official 
  1-12  Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to compentencies and 
  1-13  core curriculum in elementary and secondary schools, is 
  1-14  amended by adding at the end thereof a new Code section, to 
  1-15  be designated as Code Section 20-2-146, to read as follows: 
 
  1-16    "20-2-146. 
 
  1-17    (a) Whenever any theory of the origin of humans or other 
  1-18    living things is included in a course of study offered by 
  1-19    a local unit of administration, both scientific evidence 
  1-20    supporting or consistent with the theory and scientific 
  1-21    evidence problematic for, inconsistent with, or not 
  1-22    supporting the theory shall be included. 
 
  1-23    (b) The method of instruction described in subsection (a) 
  1-24    of this Code section is intended to strengthen the 
  1-25    analytical skills of students by requiring the 
  1-26    presentation of a broad range of scientific evidence 
  1-27    regarding theories of the origin of humans and other 
  1-28    living things.  The requirements of subsection (a) of this 
  1-29    Code section are not intended to authorize or promote the 
  1-30    presentation of religious beliefs." 
 
  1-31                           SECTION 2. 
 
  1-32  This Act shall become effective on July 1, 1998. 
 
 
 
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  2- 1                           SECTION 3. 
 
  2- 2  All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are 
  2- 3  repealed. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 04/20/98

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