Bill Summary for S 139 (2023-2024)
Feb 21 2023
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AN ACT TO ALLOW AMERICAN INDIAN STUDENTS TO WEAR CULTURAL OBJECTS AT PUBLIC SCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONIES.Intro. by Britt, McInnis, Perry.
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Identical to H 166, filed 2/21/23.
Renames the title of Article 29D of GS Chapter 115C to Religious Activity and Cultural Expression (currently, titled as Student Prayer and Religious Activity). Enacts new GS 115C-407.40, governing cultural expression at graduation ceremonies, as follows. Requires that any student who is, or is eligible to be, enrolled a member of a State or federally recognized Native American tribe be permitted to wear objects of cultural significance as part of the student's regalia at any graduation ceremony for a school within a public school unit in which the student is a graduating participant. Specifies that an object of cultural significance includes bird feathers and plumes.