Today, Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill 308 the "Merry Christmas Bill" into law. The bill, authored by State Representative Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston), protects the right of teachers and students to celebrate traditional winter holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah in public schools without fear of litigation or punishment.
Gov. Rick Perry today signed House Bill 308, which allows public school students and staff to use traditional holiday greetings and display religious scenes and symbols on school property. The governor was joined by bill author Rep. Dwayne Bohac and sponsor Sen. Robert Nichols for the signing ceremony.
State lawmakers in Texas have passed legislation that permits public schools to display nativity scenes, menorahs, or Christmas trees, and allows students and school district staff to use greetings such as, "Merry Christmas", "Happy Hanukkah", and "Happy Holidays."
Texas lawmakers have just made it politically correct for teachers to say Merry Christmas in the classroom. It may be have been a hot 94 degrees outside the capitol, but inside it felt like Christmas for State Representative Dwayne Bohac of Houston. House Bill 308, what Bohac has dubbed the "Merry Christmas Bill", is now on the way to Governor Rick Perry's desk.
Texas State Representative Dwayne Bohac was invited to speak, along with Governor Rick Perry and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, at the Faith and Family Day rally at the Texas State Capitol on March 26, 2013. He took the opportunity to highlight our Merry Christmas Bill, which is moving its way through the Texas Legislature. Take a look: