The Senate Education Committee has approved a measure meant to make it legal for students to pray before public school groups.
Senate Bill 2633, sponsored by Sen. Chris McDaniel, a Republican from Elllisville, was approved by the committee Tuesday. A similar bill is pending in the House.
It suggests naming events including morning announcements, football games and graduations as “limited public forums” choosing students to speak at each. The bill says schools can’t punish students who pray, and sponsors say the aim is to promote such prayer.