COLUMBIA – A bill that would require that the Pledge of Allegiance be recited at the beginning of every Columbia City Council meeting and work session is on the council's Monday night agenda.
The bill is the suggestion of Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley, who said at a previous meeting that the council should "respect the veterans that we've got and the country that we're in."
There was some immediate opposition to the proposal. First Ward Councilman Paul Sturtz said that he felt it disagreed with the Bill of Rights to have the government require the Pledge of Allegiance.
The bill appears under old business on the agenda for the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in the council's chambers at the Daniel Boone City Building.