Bill Text: NY S01112 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Requires the observance of a 1 minute period of silent meditation at the opening of each public school day.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-11 - REFERRED TO EDUCATION [S01112 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S01112-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          1112
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 11, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  Sen. AMEDORE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Education
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to silent  meditation  in
          public schools
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 3029-a of the education law, as  added  by  chapter
     2  1204 of the laws of 1971, is amended to read as follows:
     3    § 3029-a. Silent  meditation  in  public  schools.   1. In each public
     4  school classroom, the teacher [in charge may, or  if  so  authorized  or
     5  directed  by  the board of education by which he is employed,] shall, at
     6  the opening of school upon every school day, [conduct] observe a [brief]
     7  one minute period of silent meditation with the participation of all the
     8  pupils therein assembled.
     9    2. The silent meditation authorized by [subsection] subdivision one of
    10  this [act] section is not intended to be, and shall not be conducted as,
    11  a religious service or exercise, but may be considered as an opportunity
    12  for silent meditation on a religious theme by those who are so disposed,
    13  or a moment of silent reflection on the anticipated  activities  of  the
    14  day.    As  used  in  subdivision  one of this section the term "partic-
    15  ipation" shall be construed to permit seated participation  and  not  to
    16  require any pupil to stand.
    17    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD01222-01-9
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