Florida Senate - 2012 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 98 Barcode 822392 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 01/13/2012 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Judiciary (Simmons) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Any district school board may adopt a resolution 6 allowing the use of an inspirational message, including, but not 7 limited to, prayers of invocation or benediction, at secondary 8 school commencement exercises or any other noncompulsory student 9 assembly. The resolution must provide that: 10 (1) The use of an inspirational message is at the 11 discretion of the student government. 12 (2) All inspirational messages will be given by student 13 volunteers, and the content of any inspirational message will be 14 at the discretion of the student volunteer. 15 (3) School personnel may not: 16 (a) Participate in, or otherwise influence any student in, 17 determining whether to use a prayer of invocation or benediction 18 as an inspirational message; 19 (b) Participate in selecting which student volunteer will 20 give an inspirational message; or 21 (c) Influence the content of an inspirational message. 22 Section 2. The purpose of this act is to provide for the 23 solemnization and memorialization of secondary school events and 24 ceremonies, and this act is not intended to advance or endorse 25 any religion or religious belief. 26 Section 3. If any provision of this act or its application 27 to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity 28 does not affect other provisions or applications of the act 29 which can be given effect without the invalid provision or 30 application, and to this end the provisions of this act are 31 severable. 32 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012. 33 34 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 35 And the title is amended as follows: 36 Delete everything before the enacting clause 37 and insert: 38 A bill to be entitled 39 An act relating to education; authorizing district 40 school boards to adopt resolutions that allow 41 inspirational messages, including, but not limited to, 42 prayers of invocation or benediction, at secondary 43 school events; providing requirements to be included 44 in the resolution; providing legislative intent; 45 providing for severability; providing an effective 46 date.