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Sub. H. B. No. 394As Passed by the Senate
As Passed by the Senate

124th General Assembly
Regular Session
2001-2002
Sub. H. B. No. 394


REPRESENTATIVES Damschroder, Barrett, Calvert, Carey, Collier, Flowers, Hoops, Jolivette, Key, Latell, Latta, Lendrum, Metzger, Niehaus, Otterman, Patton, Roman, Schmidt, Seaver, Seitz, Setzer, Webster, White, Young, Callender, Reinhard, Fedor, Reidelbach, Faber, Aslanides, Manning, McGregor, Wolpert, Hughes, G. Smith, Olman, Gilb, Clancy, Carmichael, Hagan, Willamowski, Grendell, Kearns, Core, Fessler, Widowfield, Husted, Williams, DeWine, Schaffer, Raga, Schneider, Schuring, Evans, Buehrer, Distel, Cirelli, Peterson, Coates, Ogg, Rhine, Krupinski, Allen

SENATORS Mumper, Austria, Carnes, Harris, Hottinger, Shoemaker, Spada



A BILL
To amend section 3313.601 of the Revised Code to permit the board of education of a school district to provide for a period of silence each school day for reflection or meditation upon a moral, philosophical, or patriotic theme; to prohibit boards of education, schools, or employees of the school district from requiring a pupil to participate in such a period of silence; and to prohibit the board of education of a school district from adopting certain policies pertaining to religion or religious expression.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1.  That section 3313.601 of the Revised Code be amended to read as follows:
Sec. 3313.601.  The board of education of each school district may provide for a period of silence each school day for reflection or meditation upon a moral, philosophical, or patriotic theme. No board of education, school, or employee of the school district shall require a pupil to participate in a period of silence provided for pursuant to this section. No board of education shall prohibit a classroom teacher from providing in his the teacher's classroom reasonable periods of time for programs or meditation upon activities of a moral, philosophical, or patriotic theme. No pupil shall be required to participate in such programs or meditations activities if they are contrary to the religious convictions of the pupil or his the pupil's parents or guardians.
No board of education of a school district shall adopt any policy or rule respecting or promoting an establishment of religion or prohibiting any pupil from the free, individual, and voluntary exercise or expression of the pupil's religious beliefs in any primary or secondary school. The board of education may limit the exercise or expression of the pupil's religious beliefs as described in this section to lunch periods or other noninstructional time periods when pupils are free to associate.
Section 2.  That existing section 3313.601 of the Revised Code is hereby repealed.
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