Chronology of Academic Freedom Bills

Year State Bill # Bill Title Current Status
2004   AL HB391 Academic Freedom Act Indefinitely postponed in House; legislative session ended
2004   AL SB336 Academic Freedom Act Indefinitely postponed in House; legislative session ended
2005   AL HB352 Academic Freedom Act Indefinitely postponed in House; legislative session ended
2005   AL SB240 Academic Freedom Act Indefinitely postponed in Senate committee; legislative session ended
2005   AL HB716 Academic Freedom Act No committee action before legislative session ended
2006   OK HB2107 Academic Freedom Act Passed by House Senate committee action before end of legislative session
2006   AL HB106 Academic Freedom Act No committee action before legislative session ended
2006   AL SB45 Academic Freedom Act Indefinitely postponed on Senate floor; legislative session ended
2006   OK SB1959 Academic Freedom Act No committee action before end of legislative session
2006   MD HB1531 Academic Freedom Act Failed in Ways and Means Committee
2007   MO HB469   Amendment removed same day legislative session ended with bill still in Senate
2007   NM SB371   Postponed indefinitely in committee; legislative session ended
2007   NM HB506   Postponed indefinitely in committee; legislative session ended
2008   FL SB2692 Academic Freedom Act/Evolution Academic Freedom Act Senate House could not reconcile versions before legislative session ended
2008   Link Model DI Model Model Academic Freedom Statute on Evolution Widely circulated
2008   FL HB1483   Died in House when SB 2692 was substituted
2008   LA SB561 / SB733 Louisiana Academic Freedom Act/Louisiana Science Education Act Passed
2008   MO HB2554   Legislative session ended with bill on floor of House
2008   LA HB1168 Louisiana Academic Freedom Act No committee action before legislative session ended
2008   AL HB923 Academic Freedom Act Indefinitely postponed in House committee; legislative session ended
2008   MI HB 6027 Academic Freedom Law No committee action before legislative session ended
2008   MI SB1361 Academic Freedom Law No committee action before legislative session ended
2008   SC S1386   No committee action before legislative session ended
2009   NM SB433   Committee took no action before legislative session ended
2009   OK SB320 Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act Failed in Education Committee
2009   AL HB300 Academic Freedom Act No action taken in the committee on Education Policy before legislative session ended
2009   IA HF 183 Evolution Academic Freedom Act No committee action; legislative session ended
2009   MO HB656   No action in House before legislative session ended.
2009   TX HB4224   No committee action; legislative session ended
2009   SC S873   Referred to Senate Committee on Education, no committee action by end of legislative session
2009   SC S875   Referred to Senate Committee on Education, no committee action by end of legislative session.
2011   KY HB169 AN ACT relating to science education and intellectual freedom. Assigned to Education committee Jan. 5; legislative session ended without action
2011   MO HB195 Academic Freedom to Teach Scientific Evidence Regarding Evolution Received second reading, 1/18 Referred to Elementary and Secondary Education committee, 4/12
2011   NM HB302 Protection from certain scientific topics Assigned to House Education committee, tabled in committee 2/18; Died in commitee, 3/18
2011   OK SB554 none; includes standard AFA language and language from Texas science standards to Died in committee
2011   OK HB4224 Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act Tabled in House Education committee, February 23, 2011
2011   TN HB368 none, "protects a teacher from discipline for teaching scientific subjects in an objective manner" Assigned to House Education committee, subcommittee hearings on 2/23, 3/2, 3/16 Passed House Education committee, 3/29 Passed Calendar and Rules Committee, 3/31 Passed House, 4/7
2011   TN SB893 none, "protects a teacher from discipline for teaching scientific subjects in an objective manner" Assigned to General subcommittee of Senate Education committee, on hold until 2012
2011   FL SB1854 none, "requiring that the instructional staff of a public school teach a thorough presentation and critical analysis of the scientific theory of evolution" Referred to Education Pre-K - 12 Committee; Budget Committee.
2011   TX HB2454 None, "Prohibiting discrimination by public institutions of higher education against faculty members and students based on their conduct of research relating to intelligent design" Referred to Higher Education Committee
2012   MO HB1276 None. "To amend chapter 170, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to teacher academic freedom to teach scientific evidence regarding evolution." Referred: Elementary and Secondary Education (H) Special Standing Committee on Redistricting(H)
2012   MT HB183 None. "Emphasize critical thinking in science education" Died in Standing Committee
2013   CO HB13-0189 K-12 Academic Freedom Act Postponed indefinitely by House Committee on Education
2013   MO HB179 None. "relating to teacher academic freedom to teach scientific evidence regarding evolution." Died in House Rules Committee
2013   OK SB758 Providing for the creation of a school environment that encourages the exploration of scientific theories Died in committee
2013   OK HB1674 Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act Dead via missing 3rd reading deadline in house of origin
2013   AZ SB1213 None. "Science instructions; requirements" Died in Senate Education Committee
2014   VA HB207 None, 'to encourage students to explore scientific questions' Died in Committee
2014   MO HB1587 None, 'To endeavor to assist teachers to find more effective ways to present the science curriculum where it addresses scientific controversies.' Died in House Rules Committee after passing Elementary and Secondary Education Committee
2014   OK SB1765 Creating the Oklahoma Science Education Act Died in Science Education Committee

2015

  MO HB486  

Bill died when the legislature adjourned

2015   MT HB321   Tabled in the House Education Committee
2015   SD SB114   The committee voted to defer further consideration of the bill to the forty-first legislative day, and since the legislative session in South Dakota is forty days long in odd-numbered years, the bill is effectively dead.
2015   OK SB665 Oklahoma Science Education Act Deadline for senate bills to pass committee expired
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