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Prayer in School House Bill Passed

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BASTROP La. (KNOE 8 News) - Prayer not only started and ended a conference in Morehouse Parish Tuesday, but it was the main topic.

Legislators and elected officials celebrated a new house bill they're very proud of.

It was a proud moment for state and local representatives as they stood together in support and prayer to introduce a new law.

Prayer in schools, House Bill 724 was introduced by State Representative Katrina Jackson and surrounding legislation for all students in Louisiana.

"You now have the right, you had it but we qualified it so now there's a protection there that you can start a prayer group. You also have the right to invite your parents in and pastors in to pray with you, daily," said State Representative Katrina Jackson.

Students can now pray before and after school, with parents, teachers, and pastors.

And Representative Katrina Jackson said it didn't take long to lay the ground work for the bill to carry it all the way through legislation.

"Overwhelmingly in the legislator everyone supported it. It didn't take much I mean we literally came to the table with the bill, and the lights would go up," said Jackson.

The next step?

President of Morehouse Parish School Board, Tamika Farrell says word of mouth.

"We go into our community. We go into our churches. We let our children know that they can pray in school. And just like they have every organization in school, they have a right to form a prayer group," said Morehouse Parish School Board President Tamika Farrell.

When the state knows what the prayer in schools bill brings, it can be practiced by anyone.

"I think we need prayer back in schools. I think it would change the atmosphere and a lot of the things happening in the schools. We put God back in it, we can get more positive things back out of the students," said Farrell.

The bill is not limited to any religious groups, and representatives said they are going to start notifying churches and schools about the new law. 

The new house bill will become law on August 1st, and state and local representatives will be working together to get the word out to the community so students can pray in school this school year.

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