Texas, 1975 - HB 479
A bill that would not allow schools to approve textbooks that teaches about the origins of man or the world unless it specifically states that it is only a theory or give equal emphasis on other theories, including the Book of Genesis.
On January 31, 1975, Representative Wieting introduced House Bill No. 479. This bill was referred to the Committee on Public Education on February 5, 1975, where it remained, H.B. No. 479 was not presented for further consideration by the House of Representatives.
HOUSE BILL NO. 479
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
An Act relating to the approval of certain school textbooks which contain material regarding the origins or creation of man and the world; amending Chapter 12, Texas Education Code, by adding a Section 12.241; and declaring an emergency.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas:
Section 1. Chapter 12, Texas Education Code, is amended by adding a Section 12.241, to read as follows:
"Section 12.241. Textbooks dealing with origins or creation of man. The State Board of Education shall not approve, and the textbook committee shall not recommend, for use in the elementary grades any textbook on elementary science or on any subject that includes biological science, which expresses an opinion of or which relates to a theory about the origins or creation of man and the world unless the book specifically states that it is a theory as to the origins or creation of man and the world and is not represented to be scientific fact; or which expresses an opinion or relates to such a theory or theories without under the same chapter or other heading devoting commensurate attention to and an equal amount of emphasis on the origins or creation of man and the world as stated in other theories, including the treatment of these subjects in the Book of Genesis. This section applies to the approval and selection of textbooks for use in the 1975-1976 school year and subsequent years."
Section 2. The importance of this legislation and the crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an emergency and an imperative public necessity that the constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.