Christmas greetings bill advances

A bill that would allow public school boards to authorize traditional Christmas displays won approval Thursday in the Senate Education Committee.

The proposal, House Bill 876, has already passed the House.

It next faces action in the full Senate.

The legislation would allow schools to display a nativity scene, menorah or a Christmas tree as long it included a symbol of more than one religion or one religion and one secular scene.

School employees and students could also offer traditional greetings, including Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, happy holidays and happy Kwanzaa.

The sponsor is state Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport.

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