Texas Senate OKs 'Merry Christmas' bill

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Associated Press

Posted on May 18, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Updated Saturday, May 18 at 1:06 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — It's Christmas in May in the Texas Legislature.

The Texas Senate on Friday approved a bipartisan bill that aims to remove legal risks of saying "Merry Christmas" in Texas public schools. Traditional holiday symbols, such as a menorah or nativity scene, would also win a nod of state support so long as more than one religion and a secular symbol are also reflected.

State Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, says teachers have been reluctant to say "Merry Christmas" under fear of facing what he calls "frivolous" lawsuits.

"Merry Christmas to you all," Nichols said when the bill passed.

The bill now goes to Gov. Rick Perry for his consideration.

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