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Lawmaker seeks protection for religious expression

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Calling it the "Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act," a Senate Republican on Monday proposed taking a series of steps to try to prevent public-school students and teachers from facing discrimination because of their religious beliefs.

The bill (SB 436), filed by Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, will be considered during the legislative session that starts March 7.

In part, the bill would seek to ensure that students could express religious beliefs in coursework, wear clothes with religious messages and pray or take part in religious activities before, during and after school in the same way that students can take part in secular activities