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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3498        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2715


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Paul K. Frost


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act protecting the religious freedom of students.






Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth

James J. Lyons, Jr.

18th Essex

Sheila C. Harrington

1st Middlesex

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Bruce E. Tarr


Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

James J. Dwyer

30th Middlesex

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol

Carlo Basile

1st Suffolk

James R. Miceli

19th Middlesex

Angelo M. Scaccia

14th Suffolk

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

John J. Binienda

17th Worcester

Nick Collins

4th Suffolk

Ryan C. Fattman

18th Worcester

Donald F. Humason, Jr.

4th Hampden

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Dennis A. Rosa

4th Worcester

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Joyce A. Spiliotis

12th Essex

Marc T. Lombardo

22nd Middlesex

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Paul Adams

17th Essex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3498        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2715

By Mr. Frost of Auburn, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2715) of Viriato Manuel deMacedo and others for legislation to protect the rights of students to express religious viewpoints.  Education.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act protecting the religious freedom of students.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              Chapter 71 is hereby amended by inserting after Section 1B the following section:-

              Section 1C. Notwithstanding any special or general law to the contrary, school districts beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, shall adopt and implement a local policy that allows for a limited public forum and voluntary student expression of religious viewpoints at school events and graduation ceremonies, in class assignments, and in non-curricular school groups and activities. Districts shall treat such expression on an otherwise permissible subject in the same manner as the expression of a secular or other viewpoint and prohibits the district from discriminating against a student based on his or her expressed religious viewpoint. The policy must require the district to ensure that a student speaker does not engage in obscene or indecent speech and to provide a disclaimer that a student's speech is not endorsed or sponsored by the district.

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