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Florida lawmaker doesn't give up push for school prayer

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4436 Panhandle state Rep. Brad Drake, a Republican from Eucheeanna, isn't giving up hope that Florida high school students might someday be allowed to offer prayer or other "inspirational messages" at "noncompulsory events."

Such as graduation. (As if seniors don't feel like they have to be there.)

For the second straight year, Drake has filed legislation that would give a majority of students in a high school the right to request an inspirational message and to select a representative to offer it.

Last year, the proposal died when its Senate sponsor, Ronda Storms, withdrew the controversial bill under a cloud of constitutional questions. The House never moved the idea forward.

And it's not likely to do so next session, either.

"It has the same probability as last year," said Rep. John Legg, chairman of the House Pre-K-12 Education Policy committee. "I'm not in favor of wasting a lot of committee time on issues that will probably not pass the Legislature."

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:29am]

    

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