Florida Senate - 2016 SB 1600 By Senator Evers 2-01181B-16 20161600__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the pledge of allegiance; amending 3 s. 1003.44, F.S.; requiring a written notice of a 4 student’s right not to participate in the pledge of 5 allegiance to be included in a specific publication; 6 providing that a student may be excused from certain 7 actions associated with the pledge of allegiance; 8 deleting a requirement that civilians stand at full 9 attention and, if the civilian is a man, remove his 10 headdress during the pledge of allegiance; providing 11 an effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Subsection (1) of section 1003.44, Florida 16 Statutes, is amended to read: 17 1003.44 Patriotic programs; rules.— 18 (1) Each district school board may adopt rules to require, 19 in all of the schools of the district, programs of a patriotic 20 nature to encourage greater respect for the government of the 21 United States and its national anthem and flag, subject always 22 to other existing pertinent laws of the United States or of the 23 state. When the national anthem is played, students and all 24 civilians shall stand at attention, men removing the headdress, 25 except when such headdress is worn for religious purposes. The 26 pledge of allegiance to the flag, “I pledge allegiance to the 27 flag of the United States of America and to the republic for 28 which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty 29 and justice for all,” shall be rendered by students standing 30 with the right hand over the heart. The pledge of allegiance to 31 the flag shall be recited at the beginning of the day in each 32 public elementary, middle, and high school in the state. Each 33 student shall be informed by a written notice published in the 34 student handbook or a similar publication pursuant to s. 35 1006.07(2)
posting a notice in a conspicuous placethat the 36 student has the right not to participate in reciting the pledge. 37 Upon written request by his or her parent, the student must be 38 excused from reciting the pledge, including standing, placing 39 the right hand over his or her heart, and, if the student is 40 male, removing his headdress. When the pledge is given,41 civilians must show full respect to the flag by standing at42 attention, men removing the headdress, except when such43 headdress is worn for religious purposes, as provided by Pub. L.44 ch. 77-435, s. 7, approved June 22, 1942, 56 Stat. 377, as45 amended by Pub. L. ch. 77-806, 56 Stat. 1074, approved December46 22, 1942.47 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.