UPDATE: Senate Bill 55 was signed into law by the Governor. 

Description:

Senate Bill 55 would require the national motto of the United States to be displayed in public schools. 

ACLU positon: 

The ACLU of South Dakota opposes Senate Bill 55. This bill distracts school officials from fulfilling their core mission — ensuring that our children receive the top-notch education they deserve. No student should feel pressured in public school to adopt certain religious beliefs. Parents, not school officials, are responsible for shaping their children’s religious education. All students – those of any faith or those of none – should feel safe and welcome in our public schools. This bill sends a thinly veiled message that only students who believe in God are welcome.

 

Sponsors

Sens. Jensen (Phil), Blare, Bolin, Cammack, Curd, DiSanto, Ewing, Greenfield (Brock), Klumb, Kolbeck, Langer, Monroe, Nelson, Otten (Ernie), Russell, Schoenbeck, Stalzer, Steinhauer, Sutton, and Youngberg and Reps. Johnson (Chris), Beal, Brunner, Chaffee,

Status

Signed by governor

Session

2019

Bill number

Position

Oppose

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