ASCB Endorses Fourth Effort to Repeal Louisiana's "Intelligent Design" School Law
Senate Bill 175 (PDF), prefiled in the Louisiana Senate on February 25, 2014, and provisionally referred to the Senate Committee on Education, would, if enacted, repeal Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:285.1, which implemented the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act, passed and enacted in 2008. Governor Bobby Jindal told NBC News in 2013 that the LSEA permits the teaching of creationism, including "intelligent design." The bill to repeal the LSEA was introduced by Karen Carter Peterson (D-District 5), who sponsored the identical SB 70 in 2011, SB 374 in 2012, and SB 26 in 2013. The Senate Committee on Education voted 5-1 to shelve SB 70 in 2011, 2-1 to shelve SB 374 in 2012, and 3-2 to shelve SB 26 in 2013.