February 20, 2002 at 6:04 PM EST - Updated July 26 at 11:00 PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Under a bill passed by the Ohio Senate on Tuesday, school districts would be allowed, but not required, to let students have a daily moment of silence to reflect or meditate.
The Senate acted after stripping provisions that the House had added to the bill. One of the provisions the Senate removed included the word "prayer."
Under the House version, every school board would have to require all students to observe a daily minute of silence for "prayer, reflection or mediation." Schools also would have to require students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
The measure goes back to the House, which might not accept the removal of the word "prayer."
House Speaker Larry Householder said that if lawmakers mean "prayer," they should say "prayer."
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