Tennessee, 1973 - SB 394

State: 
Tennessee
Date introduced: 
March 26, 1973
Main sponsor: 
Senator Hamilton
Bill Number: 
SB 394
Current Status: 
The bill became a law without the Governor's signature, as authorized by Article III , Section 18, of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee. This law became Chapter 377 of the 1973 Public Acts of Tennessee.

A bill that states that any biology textbook that includes ideas of evolution must state that it is only a theory and not a scientific fact, plus provide equal space to discuss other theories of origin, including the Biblical narrative. Occult and satanical teachings are expressly excluded. The Bible, since it will be referred to as a reference book and not a textbook, is not required to put a similar disclaimer. 

On March 26, 1973, Senators Hamilton, Nave, et al. introduced Senate Bill No. 394. This bill was referred to the Com­mittee on Education which recommended that the bill should pass. After adopting two amendments, S. B. No. 394 passed by a vote of 29 to 1 on April 18. S.B. No. 394 was referred to the House and on April 26, S. B. No. 394 was substituted for H. B. No. 597. After adopting 5 of 7 amendments considered, the House passed S. B. No. 394 by a vote of 69 to 16 on April 26. The Senate approved the 5 amendments the House had adopted by a large majority on April 30, and forwarded the bill to the Governor. The Governor returned S. B. No.394 without his signature. However, the bill became a law without the Governor's signature, as authorized by Article III , Section 18, of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee. This law became Chapter 377 of the 1973 Public Acts of Tennessee.