senate Bill S1112

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Requires the observance of a 1 minute period of silent meditation at the opening of each public school day

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Education Committee

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Jan 11, 2019 referred to education

S1112 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §3029-a, Ed L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: S6371
2017-2018: S895

S1112 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires the observance of a 1 minute period of silent meditation at the opening of each public school day.

S1112 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S1112 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 11, 2019

Introduced  by  Sen. AMEDORE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to silent  meditation  in
  public schools


  Section 1. Section 3029-a of the education law, as  added  by  chapter
1204 of the laws of 1971, is amended to read as follows:
  § 3029-a. Silent  meditation  in  public  schools.   1. In each public
school classroom, the teacher [in charge may, or  if  so  authorized  or
directed  by  the board of education by which he is employed,] shall, at
the opening of school upon every school day, [conduct] OBSERVE a [brief]
ONE MINUTE period of silent meditation with the participation of all the
pupils therein assembled.
  2. The silent meditation authorized by [subsection] SUBDIVISION one of
this [act] SECTION is not intended to be, and shall not be conducted as,
a religious service or exercise, but may be considered as an opportunity
for silent meditation on a religious theme by those who are so disposed,
or a moment of silent reflection on the anticipated  activities  of  the
day.    As  used  in  subdivision  one of this section the term "partic-
ipation" shall be construed to permit seated participation  and  not  to
require any pupil to stand.
  § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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