“When you say ‘moment,’ what are we talking about?’” asked state Sen. Sandra O’Brien, R-Ashtabula, a committee member.
Antani said his bill didn’t define how long the silent moment would last — “colloquially speaking, a small time period,” he said.
He said he would be open to adding a definition proposed by the committee, but none was offered.
Florida passed a law in June requiring schools to have a daily moment of silence.
Many schools began adopting moments of silence after the 1962 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that schools could not mandate, sponsor or endorse student prayer. Moments of silence have survived court challenges when they are presented as neutral, not promoting a particular religion or viewpoint.