Science law repeal advances

A bill that would repeal a state law on evolution that the U. S. Supreme Court struck down in 1987 cleared the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

The measure was approved 3-2 “without action,” which means the committee forwarded the proposal to the Senate without endorsing it.

State Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge and sponsor of the bill, requested that action.

Claitor’s proposal would repeal a 1981 state law that was rejected by the nation’s high court 27 years ago.

That law required the teaching of creationism when evolution was taught in public schools.

It is separate from a 2008 state law, which remains in effect, called the Louisiana Science Education Act, which has also sparked controversy.