HB1015(mandatory silence at start of school day) was defeated at the House Education Committee

PIERRE, S.D.(KCCR)- A bill from the Office of Governor Kristi Noem to require a moment of silence at the start of a school day to allow for prayer or other reflection has been effective killed by the House Education Committee.  Professor William James testified in favor of the measure.

Testifying against the bill was Rob Munson, the Executive Director of the School Administrators of South Dakota who paused immediately after introducing himself.

Representative Will Mortenson of Pierre planned to vote against the bill.

Representative Mike Stevens of Yankton offered a substitute motion to send the bill to the fictional 41st legislative day.

The Committee voted nine to six send H-B 1015 to the 41st legislative day.