By West H.B. No. 127 77R1438 SGA-D A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to recitation of the Declaration of Independence by public 1-3 school students. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Subchapter C, Chapter 25, Education Code, is 1-6 amended by adding Section 25.0821 to read as follows: 1-7 Sec. 25.0821. RECITATION OF DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. 1-8 (a) A school district shall require students to recite the text 1-9 quoted below from the Declaration of Independence of the United 1-10 States at the beginning of each school day: 1-11 WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men 1-12 are created equal, that they are endowed by their 1-13 Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among 1-14 these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of 1-15 Happiness--That to secure these Rights, Governments are 1-16 instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from 1-17 the Consent of the Governed.... 1-18 (b) On written request from a student's parent or guardian, 1-19 a school district shall excuse the student from reciting the 1-20 Declaration of Independence. 1-21 SECTION 2. This Act applies beginning with the 2001-2002 1-22 school year. 1-23 SECTION 3. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives 1-24 a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as 2-1 provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this 2-2 Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this 2-3 Act takes effect September 1, 2001.