Florida House Committee Passes Amended Evolution Bill
According to The Orlando Sentinel, today the schools and learning committee of the Florida House of Representatives passed 7-4 an amended version of a proposal originally designed to protect the rights of teachers to present scientific evidence relating to the full range of scientific views regarding biological and chemical evolution. This means that versions of the bill have been passed out of committee in both the House and Senate, making floor votes much more likely. The amended version adopted by the House committee is not yet online, but the amended proposal that the committee was scheduled to vote on today would have changed the bill from simply promoting academic freedom to requiring teachers to provide a "thorough presentation and critical analysis of the scientific theory of evolution." The official text of the amended House version should eventually appear here.