Antiscience Bill Dies in Oklahoma
Oklahoma’s Senate Bill 1322 (PDF), which would, if enacted, have deprived administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about “scientific controversies,” died in the Senate Education Committee on February 25, 2015, when a deadline for senate bills to be reported from committee expired. A similar measure, House Bill 3045 (PDF), is still under consideration.
The sole sponsor of Oklahoma’s SB 1322 was Josh Brecheen (R-District 6), who introduced similar legislation in four previous legislative sessions. Brecheen’s SB 1765 in 2014 — virtually identical to SB 1322 in 2016 — was opposed by the National Association of Biology Teachers and the American Institute of Biological Sciences, as well as by the grassroots Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education.