- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas House committee has again rejected a proposal to support religious expression in a student’s coursework or attire.

Opponents have said the bill is unnecessary and unconstitutional.

The House Education Committee in a voice vote Tuesday did not advance a bill to bar school districts from discriminating against a student or parent on the basis of religion.

Republican Rep. Justin Harris of West Fork says his bill is needed to protect free speech. He amended the bill after it failed last month to allow an exception for schools to take action against a student whose clothing causes a disruption.

No one testified against the bill Tuesday.

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