Senate gives final passage to expanded prayer in schools bill

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BISMARCK, ND - A bill guaranteeing students the ability to pray at school events is headed to Governor Doug Burgum's, R-N.D., desk.

The bill came up because private schools wanted the opportunity to pray before athletic activities against public schools.

Students must have the ability to chose if they want to participate.

Kids also have to be the ones leading the prayer.

Eventually the bill was expanded.

"A student-led prayer may not be prohibited at an activity, any activity, not just an athletic activity," says Sen. Jordan Kannianen, R-Stanley.

After passing in the House 89-to-three Thursday, the bill passed unanimously in the Senate Friday morning.