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.