School Prayer Bill Fails In Arkansas Legislature

A bill that would allow student prayers at public school-sanctioned events has died in the Arkansas legislature.

On April 8, the Arkansas House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved HB 2971, which states that “student-initiated and student-led prayers at public school functions” are lawful under the First Amendment. The bill also bars state school officials from “interfering with prayer that is initiated by students and led by students at public school functions and activities,” such as football and basketball games.

But on April 12, the bill died in the Senate Education Committee where there were not enough members present to pass a motion to send it to the Senate floor.