SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois House wants moments of silence in public schools to be voluntary again.
The House voted 79-33 Thursday to change a law that a federal judge ruled unconstitutional in January. The legislation now moves to the Senate.
The measure allows schoolchildren to start each day with a moment of silent reflection if their teacher chooses.
The Legislature changed the law in 2007 to require teachers to ask students to pause silently.
A Chicago-area parent and atheist sued and a judge ruled that the required silence was a veiled attempt at requiring prayer.
The bill is HB288
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