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Updated: 03/19/2017 08:30:02AM

Religion in schools bill surfaces in Florida Senate

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Liberal lawmakers were critical of a religious freedoms measure Tuesday, saying in a hearing the United States and Florida Constitutions safeguard these beliefs and new legislation isn’t needed.

State Sen. Aubrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, said the bill — S.B. 436 — aims to protect kindergarten-12th grade public school students, their parents and staff from discrimination based on religious views or expressions, but doesn’t protect students of faith in religions other than Christianity.

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