Religious Expression Bill Rejected By Arkansas House Committee

Feb 24, 2015

An Arkansas House committee has rejected a proposal to require public school districts to allow students to express religious viewpoints in coursework, artwork and other assignments.

The House Education Committee on Tuesday voted down the proposal by Republican Rep. Justin Harris of West Fork. The bill would have also prohibited schools from banning religious clothing or accessories.

Harris says he wants to protect students' freedom of speech and prevent encroachments against religious expression. Opponents argued the change is unnecessary and unconstitutional.

Harris said following the vote that he's working with Attorney General Leslie Rutledge to make amendments to the bill and that he will run it again.