OKLAHOMA CITY —
Oklahoma House has passed Senate Bill 1143 requiring Oklahoma schoolchildren to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
House members voted 70-5 for the bill late Thursday after removing a requirement that schoolchildren also recite the Oklahoma pledge. The bill now returns to the Senate for consideration of the amendment.
Under current law, schools can have students recite the 31-word Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag at the beginning of each school day. The bill requires them to recite the pledge once every week.
The bill's author, Rep. John Bennett of Sallisaw, says the measure will help schoolchildren respect the flag and what it represents.
Under existing law, schools are required to own and display a U.S. flag and instruct students on its history and etiquette.