We’ve been following an anti-science bill proposed in the state legislature. Sen. Josh Brecheen (R-District 6) is author of the bill. It’s his latest attempt to flush out climate change and evolution among other topics.
Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education does a great job staying on top of these bills. They say the best way to stop it is to contact the committee members where the bill starts. Here’s what OESE has on their website about SB 665:
Senate Bill 665, Oklahoma Science Education Act by Brecheen is the only legislation that directly attacks the teaching of sound science introduced in the legislature this year. Deadline for filing bills was January 22. The bill is virturally identical to a bill filed by Brecheen last year that died in the Senate Education Committee. Analysis of the bill by Rich Brougton is here. A description of the bill and its history is on the NCSE site. Additional information at the Sensuous Curmudgeon and Science is OK. We will let you know if and when it is assigned to a committee. Instructions for tracking bills can be found at Bill tracking in the Oklahoma legislature. There are several bills concerning science standards that we will keep an eye on as well.
Action Alert: SB 665 has been assigned to the Senate Education Committee. Please contact the committee members and let them know you oppose the bill. Here is contact info for that committee:
John Ford, Chair, 521-5634, email@example.com
Ron Sharp, Vice Chair, 521-5539, firstname.lastname@example.org
Earl Garrison, 521-5533, email@example.com
Jim Halligan, 521-5572, firstname.lastname@example.org
Clark Jolley, 521-5622,email@example.com
Susan Paddack, 521-5541, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marty Quinn, 521-5555, email@example.com
Wayne Shaw, 521-5574, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Smalley, 521-5547, email@example.com
John Sparks, 521-5553, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Stanislawski, 521-5624, email@example.com
Roger Thompson, 521-5588, firstname.lastname@example.org