Indiana, 1977 - HB 1172
A bill that would not allow shchools to approve of any textbooks that presented theories of origins of man and the world unless equal space is given to other accounts such as the Book of Genesis, but cannot include "occult or satanical" accounts.
On January 5, 1977, Representative Boys introduced House Bill No. 1172. This bill was referred to the Education Committee which returned the bill and recommended that it pass. H.B. No. 1172 was approved by the House by a vote of 61 to 31. H.B. No. 1172 was transferred to the Senate which referred the bill to the Senate Education Committee. This committee retained the bill and it was not presented for further consideration to the Senate.
HOUSE BILL NO. 1172
Amends IC 20-10.1-9-11 to require textbooks which present information regarding the creation of man and his world to present information on several theories including the Genesis account in the Holy Bible; prohibits the presentation in textbooks of occult or satanical human origins.
A bill for an Act to amend IC 20-10.1-9 concerning restriction of school textbook content.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana;
Section 1, IC 20-10.1-9-11 is amended to read as follows: Section 11. Restriction on Textbook Content,
(a) The commission on textbook adoptions shall not approve a textbook which contains anything of a partisan or sectarian character.
(b) Any textbook which presents information regarding the creation of man and the world must present an equivalent amount of information regarding the creation of man and the world as postulated by other theories including, but not limited to, the Genesis account in the Bible. A textbook which presents information regarding the creation of man and the world may not represent the theory as scientific fact, but shall state that the information is based on the theory of the creation of man and the world. The commission on textbook adoption may not approve a textbook which presents occult or satanical theories of the origin of man and the world.
Section 2. IC 20-10,1-9 is amended by adding a new section 11.1 to read as follows: Section 11.1. Supplementary Material. Prior to December 15 in 1977, the commission shall review the science and health education textbooks it adopted in 1975 and determine whether they conform to section 11 of this chapter. The commission shall adopt supplementary material to be used with the nonconforming textbooks to make them conform to section 11 of this chapter.
Section 3. IC 20-10.1-9 is amended by adding a new section 21.5 to read as follows: Section 21.5. MandatorySupplementary Materials. Each school corporation shall supplement the science and health education textbooks which do not conform with section 11 of this chapter with supplementary materials for those textbooks adopted by the commission.
Section 4. Section 1 of this act applies to textbooks adopted by the commission on textbook adoptions after the effective date of this act.
Section 5. If a provision of this act or its application to a person or circumstance is held invalid by a court, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of the act which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this act are severable.
Section 6. Because an emergency exists, this act takes effect on passage.