Noem’s school ‘prayer’ bill rejected by House committee

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota House committee has rejected Governor Kristi Noem’s proposal to require public schools to have a moment of silence to start the day.

Gov. Noem first billed the proposal at a conservative Christian conference last year as “putting prayer back in schools.”

But a House committee rejected the idea after education groups argued that voluntary prayer is already allowed in schools and the proposed law would have saddled teachers with an unclear mandate.

The House Education committee rejected the bill on a nine to six vote. But it could still be revived with support from one-third of House members.

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