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HB 529: Moments of Silence in Public Schools

GENERAL BILL by Fine ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Andrade ; Byrd ; Drake ; Fernandez-Barquin ; Fischer ; Leek ; Maggard ; Massullo ; McClain ; Roth

Moments of Silence in Public Schools; Requires principals to require teachers to set aside time for moment of silence; prohibits teachers from making suggestions to nature of any reflection during moment of silence; deletes provision authorizing district school boards to provide brief period of silent prayer or meditation; requires certain teachers encourage parents or guardians to discuss moment of silence & make suggestions as to the best use of this time.

Effective Date: 7/1/2021
Last Action: 4/22/2021 House - Ordered enrolled
Bill Text: PDF
Senate Committee References:
  1. Rules (RC)



Bill History

Date Chamber Action
1/28/2021 House • Filed
2/8/2021 House • Referred to Early Learning & Elementary Education Subcommittee
• Referred to Secondary Education & Career Development Subcommittee
• Referred to Education & Employment Committee
• Now in Early Learning & Elementary Education Subcommittee
2/9/2021 House • Added to Early Learning & Elementary Education Subcommittee agenda
2/16/2021 House • Favorable by Early Learning & Elementary Education Subcommittee
• Reported out of Early Learning & Elementary Education Subcommittee
• Now in Secondary Education & Career Development Subcommittee
3/2/2021 House • Added to Secondary Education & Career Development Subcommittee agenda
• 1st Reading (Original Filed Version)
3/4/2021 House • Favorable by Secondary Education & Career Development Subcommittee
• Reported out of Secondary Education & Career Development Subcommittee
• Now in Education & Employment Committee
3/8/2021 House • Added to Education & Employment Committee agenda
3/10/2021 House • Favorable by Education & Employment Committee
• Reported out of Education & Employment Committee
• Bill released to House Calendar
• Added to Second Reading Calendar
3/11/2021 House • Bill added to Special Order Calendar (3/18/2021)
3/18/2021 House • Read 2nd time
• Read 3rd time
• Passed; YEAS 94, NAYS 24
3/25/2021 Senate • In Messages
3/25/2021 House • Message sent to senate
3/30/2021 Senate • Referred to Rules -SJ 333
• Received -SJ 333
4/1/2021 Senate • On Committee agenda-- Rules, 04/06/21, 9:30 am, 412 Knott Building --Pending Reconsideration (Favorable; YEAS 12 NAYS 5)
4/9/2021 Senate • On Committee agenda-- Rules, 04/14/21, 9:00 am, 412 Knott Building
4/14/2021 Senate • Favorable by- Rules; YEAS 12 NAYS 5 -SJ 465
• Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading
4/16/2021 Senate • Placed on Special Order Calendar, 04/21/21 -SJ 559
4/21/2021 Senate • Read 2nd time -SJ 546
• Placed on 3rd reading
4/22/2021 Senate • Read 3rd time -SJ 579
• Passed; YEAS 32 NAYS 6 -SJ 579
4/22/2021 House • In Messages
• Ordered enrolled