By Green H.B. No. 1776 Line and page numbers may not match official copy. Bill not drafted by TLC or Senate E&E. 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 the students to recite the 1-9 text quoted below from the Declaration of Independence of the 1-10 United 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 Happiness - 1-15 That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted 1-16 among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent 1-17 of the Governed... 1-18 (b) The State Board of Education shall establish an 1-19 appropriate curriculum that includes the meaning and importance of 1-20 this statement in its eighteenth century context, including the 1-21 relationship of its ideas to the American Revolution, the 1-22 formulation of the American Constitution and subsequent American 2-1 history, such as the basis of the abolitionist movement that 2-2 resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation and the women's suffrage 2-3 movement. 2-4 (c) The State Board of Education shall determine the 2-5 appropriate means of implementing this act. This act shall not 2-6 apply to any pupil who has conscientious scruples against the 2-7 recitation required by this act or who is the child of an 2-8 unaccredited representative of a foreign government to whom the 2-9 United States government extends diplomatic immunity. On written 2-10 request from a student's parent or guardian, a school district 2-11 shall excuse the student from reciting the Declaration of 2-12 Independence. 2-13 SECTION 2. This Act applies beginning with the 2001-2002 2-14 school year. 2-15 SECTION 3. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives a 2-16 vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as 2-17 provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this 2-18 Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this 2-19 Act takes effect September 1, 2001.