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Oklahoma bill restoring daily Pledge of Allegiance passes House

Posted at 12:38 PM, Mar 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-15 04:58:01-04

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A bill that would require public school students in Oklahoma to recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily has passed the House.

The measure passed by a vote of 93-1 Monday. House Bill 2277 by Rep. Terry O'Donnell would require students to recite the pledge once every day rather than once a week as now required by law.

The statute would allow an exemption for students who do not wish to participate in the pledge.

"When I was in school, patriotism and the meaning of the Pledge were taught in class,” said O’Donnell, R-Catoosa. “By reciting the Pledge daily, school children are reminded of the loyalty, dedication and courage that has made and kept America the greatest country in the history of mankind."

The measure will now move to the state Senate for approval.

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