UPDATE: ‘Merry Christmas Bill’ approved by Oklahoma House, headed to Senate
UPDATE: House Bill 2317, also known as the ‘Merry Christmas Bill,’ won approval in the Oklahoma House of Representatives by a vote of 73-10.
The bill now heads to the Oklahoma Senate for consideration.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Just as most people are taking down their Christmas decorations, the author of the ‘Merry Christmas Bill’ says his Christmas efforts are just heating up.
Oklahoma State Rep. Ken Walker says the Facebook page for his bill passed 100,000 likes just after Christmas.
Rep. Walker said, “Oklahoma, we declare it is okay in the school houses to say ‘Merry Christmas’ and ‘Happy Hanukkah.”
House bill 2613 mirrors a Texas law that states a school district may educate students about the history of traditional winter celebrations and allow students and district staff to offer traditional greetings regarding the celebrations.
However, one local attorney says the bill should not be made into law because it’s unconstitutional.