July 17, 2003, Introduced by Reps. Hoogendyk, Moolenaar, Drolet, Voorhees, Vander Veen, Bradstreet, Ehardt and Tabor and referred to the Committee on Education.


A bill to amend 1976 PA 451, entitled "The revised school code," (MCL 380.1 to 380.1852) by adding section 1164.                             


                THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:                      


1       Sec. 1164.  (1) The teaching in a public school science

2   class of the methodological naturalism hypothesis as an

3   explanation for the origin and diversity of life shall not

4   preclude also teaching the design hypothesis as an explanation

5   for the origin and diversity of life.  A public school official

6   shall not censor or prohibit the teaching of the design

7   hypothesis.

8       (2) As used in this section:

9       (a) "Design hypothesis" means the theory that life and its

10  diversity result from a combination of chance, necessity, and

11  design.                                                                     

1       (b) "Methodological naturalism hypothesis" means the theory

2   that nature is all there is and that all phenomena, including

3   living systems, result only from chance and necessity.