GOP looks to encourage prayer at school board meetings

The resolution then reasons that voluntary prayer should not be limited under this ruling to prayer in the U.S. House and Senate, and finds that school boards are also deliberative public bodies because they are elected by the people and hold sessions in the public to make decisions.

The measure concludes by saying the House recognizes school boards as such, and that they should be "free to engage in prayer at the beginning of meetings consistent with the prayer practice upheld in Marsh v. Chambers." It also "expresses support for the voluntary practice of prayer at the beginning of meetings of legislative bodies and other deliberative public bodies, including school board meetings."

Among others, the resolution is co-sponsored by House Republican Conference Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas).

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