Antiscience bill in South Dakota dies

South Dakota's Senate Bill 114 is out of commission, following a February 10, 2015, hearing in the Senate Education Committee. The committee voted to defer further consideration of the bill to the forty-first legislative day, and since the legislative session in South Dakota is forty days long in odd-numbered years, the bill is effectively dead.

Identifying "biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, [and] human cloning" as scientifically controversial, SB 114 would, in effect, have allowed public school teachers to miseducate their students about science — and would have prevented state and local educational authorities from intervening.

Testifying in support of the bill at the committee hearing were representatives of Concerned Women for America, the South Dakota Family Policy Council, and the Discovery Institute; testifying in opposition were representatives of the state department of education, the South Dakota Education Association, and the Associated School Boards of South Dakota.