FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – An annual day of prayer for Kentucky’s students would become part of state law under a bill passed Thursday in the House.
House Bill 40 sponsor Rep. Regina Huff, R-Williamsburg, said the annual prayer event has been proclaimed by Kentucky’s governor the past two years. HB 40 would designate the last Wednesday of September each year as “A Day of Prayer for Kentucky’s Students” by law, and require the governor to issue an annual proclamation for the event.
Huff said that HB 40 is respectful of all faiths by asking that Kentuckians spend the day praying, meditating or reflecting “in accordance with their own faith and consciences.” Students would be allowed to participate in the event at school before the start of the instructional day.
“Their event at school will be student-initiated and conducted, and always before the start of the school day,” Huff said.
The Kentucky event would be part of a global prayer initiative that Huff said would be held the same day.
The idea for HB 40 was raised by students in Huff’s district and others who she said “want to know that we are all united in this effort and that, on that particular day each year, we will be united with them.”
“Given all that our students are facing … Our students need to know that we are standing with them,” she said. “We all need to embrace this and be united in an effort of support in each individual’s manner of prayer for our schools, students and administrators.”
HB 40 passed on a vote of 83-5 and now goes to the Senate for its consideration.