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S.B. 96

             1     

PUBLIC EDUCATION - INSTRUCTION AND

             2     
POLICY RELATING TO THE ORIGINS OF

             3     
LIFE

             4     
2006 GENERAL SESSION

             5     
STATE OF UTAH

             6     
Chief Sponsor: D. Chris Buttars

             7     
House Sponsor: James A. Ferrin

             8     
             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This bill amends the chapter relating to Curriculum in the Public Schools to require the
             12      State Board of Education to establish certain curriculum requirements and policies
             13      relating to instruction on theories of the origins of life.
             14      Highlighted Provisions:
             15          This bill:
             16          .    states the intent of the Legislature relating to this bill;
             17          .    requires the State Board of Education to establish curriculum requirements and
             18      policies that:
             19              .    stress that not all scientists agree on which theory regarding the origins of life,
             20      or the origins or present state of the human race, is correct; and
             21              .    do not endorse a particular theory regarding the origins of life or the origins or
             22      present state of the human race; and
             23          .    grants rulemaking authority to the State Board of Education.
             24      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             25          None
             26      Other Special Clauses:
             27          None



             28      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             29      ENACTS:
             30          53A-13-101.7, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             31     
             32      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             33          Section 1. Section 53A-13-101.7 is enacted to read:
             34          53A-13-101.7. Curriculum and policy on theories relating to the origins of life.
             35          (1) In order to encourage students to critically analyze theories regarding the origins of
             36      life or the origins or present state of the human race, consider opposing viewpoints, and form
             37      their own opinions, the Legislature desires to avoid the perception that all scientists agree on
             38      any one theory, or that the state endorses one theory over another.
             39          (2) The State Board of Education shall establish curriculum requirements, consistent
             40      with Subsection (1), relating to instruction of students on theories regarding the origins of life
             41      or the origins or present state of the human race.
             42          (3) The curriculum requirements described in Subsection (2) shall require that
             43      instruction to students on any theory regarding the origins of life, or the origins or present state
             44      of the human race, shall stress that not all scientists agree on which theory is correct.
             45          (4) The State Board of Education shall:
             46          (a) make rules, pursuant to Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking
             47      Act, to fulfill the requirements of this section; and
             48          (b) ensure that all policies and positions of the State Board of Education relating to
             49      theories regarding the origins of life or the origins or present state of the human race:
             50          (i) do not endorse a particular theory; and
             51          (ii) stress that not all scientists agree on which theory is correct.




Legislative Review Note
    as of 12-1-05 8:53 AM


Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel


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