Kim Daniels seeks ‘moment of silence’ in public schools
Rep. Kim Daniels, a Jacksonville Democrat

Daniels' bill already has a Senate companion.

A Senate bill that would ensure public school students are afforded moments of silence now has a House companion.

Rep. Kim Daniels, a Jacksonville Democrat, filed HB 737 Friday. The Daniels bill is identical to SB 946, filed last week by Ocala Republican Sen. Dennis Baxley.

The bipartisan, bicameral duo has collaborated before on legislation that appeals to Christian conservatives.

The bills would require public school principals to compel teachers to offer time for silent reflection at the beginning of the school day.

This proposal would replace the current statute, which calls for a “brief meditation period.”

Silence would be compulsory for at least one minute, but no more than two minutes.

“The Legislature finds that in the hectic society of today, too few persons are able to experience even a moment of quiet reflection before plunging headlong into the activities of daily life. Young persons are particularly affected by the absence of an opportunity for a moment of quiet reflection,” the bill contends.

“The Legislature finds that our youth, and society as a whole, would be well served if students in the public schools were afforded a moment of silence at the beginning of each school day,” the language adds.

As well, the bill contemplates says that each teacher “shall encourage parents to discuss the moment of silence with their children and make suggestions as to the best use of this time.”

The bill makes no provision for nonparental guardians. Nor does the language contemplate the specific way a teacher “shall encourage” that discussion.

Baxley and Dennis have been a formidable team when it comes to getting religious legislation through the process.

In 2017, the pair teamed up on the “Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act,” which bans school districts “from discriminating against students, parents, & school personnel on basis of religious viewpoints or expression,” and requires a school district “to adopt limited public forum policy & deliver a disclaimer at school events.”

They are both pushing another bill this year with religious ramifications for the classroom. That bill would mandate public high schools offer elective courses in Bible study. This would include studies of the Old and New Testaments, as well as Hebrew Scripture.

Baxley is carrying another bill, also with a Jacksonville House sponsor for the companion, that seeks to promote social uplift via a state sanctioned “Guide to a Healthy Marriage.”

The bill, a Baxley perennial, has a number of components.

If ratified, it would create a “Marriage Education Committee.” This committee would include six “marriage and family advocates.”

These worthies would help formulate this guide.

The guide will be paid for with private funds and having access to it would be a prerequisite for a marriage license.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Cogent Observer

    November 22, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    No, Kim. Promote something useful to further the education of the kids. If they want a moment of silence, they can get off of their cell phones for a while before school starts.

    • gary

      November 25, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      If you can’t see how a moment of silence would do a lot for our children, than you are a lost soul.

  • Felicia

    November 23, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Kim will always be considered mentally
    deranged and morally bankrupt until she disavows her ignorant statements she has made like “I thank God for slavery. If it wasn’t for slavery I would probably be worshiping a tree right now.” Disgusting and ignorant. I am sure her years as a crack addict and prostitute have damaged her mental capacity greatly but that is no excuse for legitimizing her insanity through the media covering her as though she were a normal sane person.

    • Cogent Observer

      November 23, 2019 at 12:35 pm

      I have no personal knowledge of what you stated, Felicia, however, it was very well put. And certainly consistent with her proposal. She would be well served by getting an honest job.

  • Frankie M.

    November 23, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Leave it to Kim to find solutions to nonexistent problems. If she really wanted to do something for Duval students she would be out front & center on this school sales tax. But as usual when it comes to important matters she’s nowhere to be found.

    • gary

      November 25, 2019 at 3:10 pm

      Great idea, TAX TAX TAX, that’s the answer the DemoRats always come up with. We already pay more per student than countries producing better academic scores. Money is not the answer Demorat!

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