Florida Senate - 2012 SB 98 By Senator Siplin 19-00013-12 201298__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to education; authorizing district 3 school boards to adopt resolutions that allow prayers 4 of invocation or benediction at secondary school 5 events; providing legislative intent; providing for 6 severability; providing an effective date. 7 8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 9 10 Section 1. Any district school board may adopt a resolution 11 allowing the use of an inspirational message, including prayers 12 of invocation or benediction, at secondary school commencement 13 exercises or any other noncompulsory student assembly. The 14 resolution must provide that: 15 (1) The use of a prayer of invocation or benediction is at 16 the discretion of the student government. 17 (2) All prayers of invocation or benediction will be given 18 by student volunteers. 19 (3) All prayers of invocation or benediction will be 20 nonsectarian and nonproselytizing in nature. 21 (4) School personnel may not participate in, or otherwise 22 influence any student in, the determination of whether to use 23 prayers of invocation or benediction. 24 Section 2. The purpose of this act is to provide for the 25 solemnization and memorialization of secondary school events and 26 ceremonies, and this act is not intended to advance or endorse 27 any religion or religious belief. 28 Section 3. If any provision of this act or its application 29 to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity 30 does not affect other provisions or applications of the act 31 which can be given effect without the invalid provision or 32 application, and to this end the provisions of this act are 33 severable. 34 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.