Religious expression bill passes House committee

Kaylee Poche
and Devon Sanders
LSU Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE — A bill that would allow school employees to pray with students during school hours is one step closer to becoming law, advancing out of the House Education Committee on Tuesday by a 10-4 vote.

The so-called “permission-slip-to-pray” bill would only apply if all students present during the prayer obtained permission slips from their parents allowing a certain teacher or coach to pray with them. The Senate passed the bill unanimously last month.

Sen. Ryan Gatti, R-Bossier City, authored the bill after the Bossier


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