February 23, 2012 | 10:39am
We told you earlier this month about SB 98, a bill that passed the Florida Senate that would allow prayer in Florida's public schools. It would have to be approved by both the Florida House and Gov. Rick Scott to become a law, and at the time, nothing had happened in the House to indicate movement.
The bill passed the House Judiciary Committee 11-4, and Florida schools are one step closer to having student prayers at pep rallies.
The bill doesn't affect Florida schools directly -- it simply allows school districts themselves to adopt policies that allow for "inspirational messages," then doesn't restrict inspiration to come from secular sources. The original version of the bill specifically allowed for "prayers of invocation or benediction" but was changed to omit references to prayer.