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S.B. 223 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: Aaron Osmond

House Sponsor: Bill Wright

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies a provision relating to the recitation of the pledge of allegiance in
             10      public schools.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    modifies requirements for reciting the pledge of allegiance in public schools.
             14      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             15          None
             16      Other Special Clauses:
             17          None
             18      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             19      AMENDS:
             20          53A-13-101.6, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
             22      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             23          Section 1. Section 53A-13-101.6 is amended to read:
             24           53A-13-101.6. Instruction on the flag of the United States of America.
             25          (1) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, the
             26      State Board of Education shall provide by rule for a program of instruction within the public
             27      schools relating to the flag of the United States.
             28          (2) The instruction shall include the history of the flag, etiquette, customs pertaining to
             29      the display and use of the flag, and other patriotic exercises as provided by [Sections 36] 4

             30      U.S.C. Secs. [170 to 177] 1 to 10.
             31          (3) (a) The pledge of allegiance to the flag shall be recited[: (i)] once at the beginning
             32      of [the] each day in each [elementary] public school classroom in the state[; and], led by a
             33      student in the classroom, as assigned by the classroom teacher on a rotating basis.
             34          [(ii) once a week at the beginning of a school day in each public secondary school in
             35      the state.]
             36          (b) Each student shall be informed by posting a notice in a conspicuous place that the
             37      student has the right not to participate in reciting the pledge.
             38          (c) A student shall be excused from reciting the pledge upon written request from the
             39      student's parent or legal guardian.
             40          (d) (i) At least once a year students shall be instructed that:
             41          (A) participation in the pledge of allegiance is voluntary and not compulsory; and
             42          (B) not only is it acceptable for someone to choose not to participate in the pledge of
             43      allegiance for religious or other reasons, but students should show respect for any student who
             44      chooses not to participate.
             45          (ii) A public school teacher shall strive to maintain an atmosphere among students in
             46      the classroom that is consistent with the principles described in Subsection (3)(d)(i).

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