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Alabama schools would have to conduct Pledge of Allegiance under proposed bill

Alabama House of Representatives voted 101-0 Wednesday for the bill that would require all K-12 public schools to conduct the pledge each morning.
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama lawmakers might soon require public schools to start the day with the Pledge of Allegiance.

The House of Representatives voted 101-0 Wednesday for the bill that would require all K-12 public schools to conduct the pledge each morning.

Republican Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter of Rainsville said some children don't know the pledge because they do not regularly recite it.

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While the bill requires schools to conduct the pledge each morning, it does not force students to participate.

The bill passed without a dissenting vote. It now moves to the Alabama Senate.

During the brief debate, Rep. Laura Hall, a Democrat from Huntsville, said she hopes lawmakers will be equally committed to the idea of making sure children get a quality education.

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