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Rep. Files Bill That Allows Students And Teachers To Say “Merry Christmas”

LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) – An Arkansas representative has filed a bill to “allow students and school district staff to offer traditional greetings regardi...

LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) - An Arkansas representative has filed a bill to "allow students and school district staff to offer traditional greetings regarding [winter] celebrations, including Merry Christmas."

Rep. Justin T. Harris, R-West Fork, filed the bill on Thursday (Feb. 6), according to legislative records.

The bill, HB 1272, is also called "An act to allow school districts to recognize and educate students on traditional winter celebrations."

Other holiday greetings included in the bill are "Happy Hanukkah" and "Happy Holidays."

The bill also states that scenes or symbols associated with a traditional winter celebration, including a menorah or Christmas image, can be placed on school property. It also states those same scenes and symbols may not include a message that encourages adherence to a particular religious belief.

Harris' bill must now be presented before the House Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs.

To read the bill, click here.