Winter holidays in schools, cities, and towns.

Authors: Senator James Smith, Senator Dennis Kruse, Senator James Tomes

Co-authors: Senator Jean Leising, Senator R Michael Young

Sponsors: Representative Milo Smith

Co-Sponsors: Representative Woody Burton

Digest

Provides that a school corporation may: (1) instruct students about the history of traditional winter celebrations; (2) allow the use of traditional greetings concerning the celebrations; and (3) display on school property scenes or symbols associated with traditional winter celebrations if certain conditions are met and the scenes or symbols do not include a message that encourages a particular religious belief. Requires the state board of education to develop guidelines to assist school corporations in developing appropriate instruction and displays. Provides that the legislative body of a city, including a consolidated city, or town may adopt an ordinance that: (1) allows employees to use traditional greetings concerning traditional winter celebrations; and (2) allows the display on city or town property scenes or symbols associated with traditional winter celebrations if certain conditions are met and the scenes or symbols do not include a message that encourages a particular religious belief.