Recap: The House and Senate have different versions of the deceptively named “academic freedom” bills. The Senate approved their version and shipped it to the House. The House gutted the Senate version and replaced it with their own entirely different version. They then shipped it back to the Senate. The Senate is now saying they don’t like it and so they shipped their orginial version back to the House:
05/01/08 SENATE Refused to concur, requested House to recede
05/01/08 HOUSE In returning messages
The returning message says:
II. Summary of Amendments Contained in Message:
House Amendment 1 – 432103 is a delete-everything amendment that differs from CS/SB 2692
in the following ways:
• The Senate bill provided a protected right for teachers to objectively present scientific information relating to scientific views of the teaching of evolution. These provisions are eliminated from the bill. Instead, the House amendment requires teachers to provide a thorough presentation and scientific critical analysis of the scientific theory of evolution.
• A similar provision was defeated on 3rd Reading in the Senate.
Now we wait and see if the House will accept the Senate version here at the last minute. The Gradebook blog notes:
Majority Whip Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, has said there is little “appetite” in the House for Storms’ proposal. And session ends tomorrow, meaning it’s slim odds this legislation will pass this year.