Kentucky, 1974 - HB 206
A bill that bans any biology textbook that gives any account origin of man and the world unless it gives equal attention to other theories, including, but not linited to, the Genesis account of the Bible.
On January 11, 1974, Representative Dwight Wells introduced House Bill No. 206. This bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee which recommended on January 31, that H.B. No. 206 should not pass. This bill was not presented for further consideration by the House of Representatives
HOUSE BILL NO. 206
An Act relating to education.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:
Section 1. A new section of KRS [Kentucky Revised Statutes] Chapter 156 is created to read as follows:
(1) Any biology textbook used for teaching in the public schools, which expresses an opinion of, or relates to a theory about origins or creation of man and his world, shall be prohibited from being used as a textbook in such system unless it specifically states that it is a theory as to the origin and creation of man and his world and is not represented to be scientific fact.
(2) Any textbook so used in the public schools which expresses an opinion or relates to a theory or theories shall give in the same textbook and under the same subject commensurate attention to, and an equal amount of emphasis on, the origins and creation of man and his world as the same is recorded in other theories, including, but not limited to, the Genesis account in the Bible.
(3) The provisions of this Act shall not apply to use of any textbook now legally in use, until the beginning of the school years of 1975-1976, provided, however, that the textbook requirements stated above in no way diminish the duty of the state textbook commission to prepare a list of approved standard editions of textbooks for use in the public schools.
(4) The teaching of all occult or satanical beliefs of human origin is espressly (sic) excluded from this Act.