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New bill requires ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ in Oklahoma schools

OKLAHOMA CITY – A pair of proposed bills that are heading to the Oklahoma Senate have some concerned about freedom of speech or freedom of religion.

Senate Bill 1143 would require the Pledge of Allegiance be recited each day in public elementary schools.

The bill says it other public schools will have the choice of whether to say the pledge or not.

However, it adds that students who do not want to participate in the pledge should not be required to do so.

While that bill is geared toward elementary schools, another very similar bill has a much wider focus.

Senate Bill 1500 says the Pledge of Allegiance will be said each day in all public schools during each school day.

It also adds that students not wishing to participate will not be required to recite the pledge.

If passed, the requirements would go into effect on July 1.

So far, both bills have passed the Senate Education Committee  and are now scheduled for a hearing before the full Senate.