Posted: Jan 24, 2013 5:05 PM by MTN News
On Friday, Montana's House Education Committee will consider a bill that would require public schools to teach alternatives to evolution. Republican sponsor Clayton Fiscus of Billings says evolution isn't settled science.
"It's been about 150 years now since the evolution theory came out, and there's a lot of evidence came out since then that would indicate we have to think a little bit wider." (0:09)
Also on Friday, the Senate Taxation Committee will hear testimony on a bill that would divert taxes on natural resource development to public schools. The bill would distribute 25 percent of taxes collected on new coal, oil, and gas development to the state's schools.
And the House Natural Resources Committee will consider a resolution to oppose the federal Forest Jobs and Recreation Act. That act, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, would have encouraged logging in some National Forest land while setting other areas aside as wilderness.