FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) – A Day of Prayer in Kentucky schools bill, also known as House Bill 166, passed during a hearing held by the Kentucky House Education Committee on Feb. 12.
This bill would designate the last Wednesday of September as A Day of Prayer for students in Kentucky. The bill's sponsor Republican Representative Gina Huff said it would allow students of all faiths to gather around campus and pray.
"I think that if it’s in the statute, regardless of the administration of the school district, those students know that the last Wednesday of September is the day that they have that they can join in unity it’s a global environment and pray," Huff said.
The bill still must still clear the full House and Senate if it’s going to get to Governor Matt Bevin for signing.
A Barbourville High School student testified in favor of the bill.
Louisville Democrats Marry Lou Marzian, Attica Scott, and Tina Bojanowski voted no on this bill. They said they support prayer but not in legislation like this, some even mentioned separation of church and state.
"I appreciate the intent but I’m very strict on separation of church and state so thank you I vote no," Marzian said.
"As a woman of faith, I pray every day and I don’t need the government to designate a date for me to pray so I’m voting no," Scott said.
No one testified against the day of prayer bill.
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