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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Erik Paulsen Flipflops on Creationism

In 2005, Erik Paulsen voted in favor of teaching creationism in public schools (Source: Minnesota Family Council Voter's Guide 2005 here and here).

Now a similar amendment was brought up in the education bill and Paulsen votes no. So do a number of other socially conservative Republicans such as Laura Brod and Joyce Peppin. DFLer Mary Ellen Otremba voted against this amendment. DFL Denise Dittrich voted yes to creationism in the public schools. In the past, Dittrich voted for the Bachmann amendment. The other yes votes were the usual suspects: Mark Olson, Tom Emmer, Marty Seifert, plus most of the "override 6." The creationism language is more stealth this time. There's no reference to evolution, as there has been in the past.

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Olson, Heidgerken, Erickson and Anderson, B., moved to amend S. F. No. 3001, the fourth engrossment, as amended, as follows:

Page 13, after line 26, insert:
"Sec. 7. Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 120B.20, is amended to read:
120B.20 PARENTAL CURRICULUM REVIEW.

(a) Each school district shall have a procedure for a parent, guardian, or an adult student, 18 years of age or older, to review the content of the instructional materials to be provided to a minor child or to an adult student and, if the parent, guardian, or adult student objects to the content, to make reasonable arrangements with school personnel for alternative instruction. Alternative instruction may be provided by the parent, guardian, or adult student if the alternative instruction, if any, offered by the school board does not meet the concerns of the parent, guardian, or adult student. The school board is not required to pay for the costs of alternative instruction provided by a parent, guardian, or adult student. School personnel may not impose an academic or other penalty upon a student merely for arranging alternative instruction under this section. School personnel may evaluate and assess the quality of the student's work.

(b) Each school district must allow instruction in competing scientific theories as part of the school curriculum. A local school board must establish an equitable and thorough process to allow a parent of a student enrolled in a school in the district to petition the local school board to hold a hearing on the absence of instruction in competing scientific theories."

Renumber the sections in sequence and correct the internal references

Amend the title accordingly

A roll call was requested and properly seconded.

The question was taken on the Olson et al amendment and the roll was called. There were 29 yeas and 102 nays as follows:

Those who voted in the affirmative were:

Abeler
Anderson, B.
Buesgens
Cornish
DeLaForest
Dettmer
Dittrich
Drazkowski
Eastlund
Emmer
Erickson
Finstad
Gunther
Hackbarth
Hamilton
Heidgerken
Holberg
Hoppe
Howes
Kohls
Magnus
Olson
Seifert
Severson
Shimanski
Simpson
Tingelstad
Urdahl
Zellers


Those who voted in the negative were:
Anderson, S.
Anzelc
Atkins
Benson
Berns
Bigham
Bly
Brod
Brown
Brynaert
Bunn
Carlson
Clark
Davnie
Dean
Demmer
Dill
Dominguez
Doty
Eken
Erhardt
Faust
Fritz
Gardner
Garofalo
Gottwalt
Greiling
Hansen
Hausman
Haws
Hilstrom
Hilty
Hortman
Hosch
Huntley
Jaros
Johnson
Juhnke
Kahn
Kalin
Knuth
Koenen

Journal of the House - 108th Day - Monday, April 28, 2008 - Top of Page 10814
Kranz
Laine
Lanning
Lenczewski
Lesch
Liebling
Lieder
Lillie
Loeffler
Madore
Mahoney
Mariani
Marquart
Masin
McFarlane
McNamara
Moe
Morgan
Morrow
Mullery
Murphy, E.
Murphy, M.
Nelson
Nornes
Norton
Olin
Otremba
Ozment
Paulsen
Paymar
Pelowski
Peppin
Peterson, A.
Peterson, N.
Peterson, S.
Poppe
Rukavina
Ruth
Ruud
Sailer
Sertich
Simon
Slawik
Slocum
Smith
Solberg
Swails
Thao
Thissen
Tillberry
Tschumper
Wagenius
Walker
Ward
Wardlow
Welti
Westrom
Winkler
Wollschlager
Spk. Kelliher



The motion did not prevail and the amendment was not adopted.

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