The Merry Christmas Bill
Did you know? In 2013, the Texas legislature passed a bill protecting Texans’ rights to acknowledge traditional winter holidays in public school forums.
Dubbed the “Merry Christmas Bill”, the bill reads:
“Sec. 29.920. WINTER CELEBRATIONS. (a) 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, including:
1. “Merry Christmas”;
2. “Happy Hanukkah”; and
3. “Happy Holidays.”
(b) Except as provided by Subsection (c), a school district may display on school property scenes or symbols associated with traditional winter celebrations, including a menorah or a Christmas image such as a nativity scene or Christmas tree, if the display includes a scene or symbol of:
1. more than one religion; or
2. one religion and at least one secular scene or symbol.
(c) A display relating to a traditional winter celebration may not include a message that encourages adherence to a particular religious belief.” H.B. No. 308
There are a lot of laws to keep track of in our modern age, and the experienced attorneys at the McCleskey law firm look forward to helping you keep track of them for your needs in 2014. Merry Christmas to you and yours this season!