Lawmaker seeks prayer in school

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A state lawmaker wants voters to amend the state constitution to allow prayer in schools, a proposal that critics say is unnecessary.

Democratic Sen. Tom Ivester of Elk City has introduced Senate Joint Resolution 8, which would send his proposal to voters in the state. The first-term lawmaker says the measure is needed to demonstrate the importance of religion.

But the director of the United Suburban Schools Association says prayer in school already is allowed. Mark Bledsoe says such a proposal is an example of "pious" lawmakers pandering to voters with a bill that has little substance.

We spoke to Sen. Tom Ivester today on this issue. Tune into First News tonight for a full report.

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