Florida Academic "Freedom" Coming Soon?
So today I was preparing for my talk tomorrow to the Gainesville Humanist Society. I am reviewing creationist legislation in Florida and how the Florida Citizens for Science has been fighting against creationism. In 2008 (and several other sessions in the 21st century), "Academic Freedom" Legislation has been introduced in the Florida House, Senate (or both). The most recent attempt was co-sponsored by Senator Ronda Storms and Representative Alan Hays. The bill passed both the house and senate, but there was significant difference in the language of the bill. Eventually, time ran out and the two houses could not agree on a common language and the bill died. Now, Hays and Storms will both be in the Senate (Hays was elected this fall) and they will have Stephen Wise who will strongly endorse a new bill. They will have at least one ally in the house Rep. Dennis Baxley who introduced a similar bill in 2005. Considering that the governor elect, Rick Scott is also friendly to the intelligent design crowd, it may be the perfect storm for passing this sort of legislation in the state of Florida.