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Scott signs controversial school prayer bill



UPDATE: Gov. Rick Scott has signed SB 98, which allows prayer in public schools. Today was the deadline for Scott to either sign the legislation, veto it or allow it to become law without his signature.

ORIGINAL POST: Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, says the governor will sign controversial legislation today that allows prayer in public schools.

Siplin sponsored the measure, which was approved in both chambers largely along party lines. Siplin's post said Gov. Rick Scott would be signing the legislation into law at 4 p.m. Friday. He announced the news on his Facebook page.

SB 98 would allow school systems to develop policies that allow students to deliver "inspirational messages" at public events once the law takes effect on July 1. The American Civil Liberties Union and Anti-Defamation League have both left the door open for legal challenges.

Scott's office has not confirmed if or when he will sign the measure.

[Last modified: Friday, March 23, 2012 4:11pm]


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