The Louisiana Senate has backed a proposal that opens the door to school employees praying with their students during the class day.
The measure by Sen. Ryan Gatti, a Bossier City Republican, would allow teachers and other workers to pray with students during the workday, if parents of every student in attendance submit a signed request and if the prayer is student-initiated.
Senators voted 29-0 Thursday for the bill with no debate. The vote sent the measure to the House for consideration.
Current Louisiana law already allows school employees to attend and participate in student-led prayer events if they occur before or after their work day.