Science act repeal effort fails for fourth time

For the fourth consecutive year, a bid to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act was rejected Thursday in the Senate Education Committee.

The vote was one in favor and three opposed.

The 2008 law allows the use of supplemental materials in science classrooms.

Backers say the measure allows for freewheeling discussions and promotes critical thinking skills.

Opponents say the law allows for the teaching of creationism, which is the view that life began about 6,000 years ago in a process described in the Bible’s Book of Genesis.

The lone “yes” vote was cast by state Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge.

Opponents included Sens. Bodi White, R-Central, Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe and Elbert Guillory, R-Opelousas.