For a legislator, the only thing worse than having your colleagues radically alter a bill of yours against your wishes is then to fail in begging them to change it back which will carry political consequences.

State Sen. Ryan Gatti found this out with his SB 512. Although it initially won approval easily in the Senate, the Republican who represents mainly Bossier and Webster Parishes found tough sledding for it in the House. The bill would have allowed school employees to pray with students who initiated that action during instructional times if all students assented.

In the lower chamber, social conservatives led

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