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Panel advances proposed education amendment

By Associated Press 7:20 AM February 27, 2014

The bill now goes to the House Finance Committee.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The House Judiciary Committee has advanced a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow for state funds to support private and religious schools.

Rep. Wes Keller, a Republican from Wasilla, and sponsor of HJR1, said the purpose of the proposal is to remove the so-called Blaine Amendment from the Alaska Constitution.

Keller contends that section of the constitution forbidding state funds from going to private and religious schools is anti-Catholic.

Rep. Max Gruenberg, a Democrat from Anchorage, said he opposed removing that section of the constitution because doing so removed the separation of church and state.

The bill now goes to the House Finance Committee.

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