The Texas Legislature has passed HB 308, the so-called "Merry Christmas Bill," which would allow Christmas trees, nativity scenes, and other symbols of winter celebrations (i.e. Hanukkah) to be displayed in public schools without the threat of legal action. Under the legislation "schools cannot endorse or publicly support belief to any one of these religions." The bill is controversial, however, as opponents say that it's a violation of the separation between church and state.
After the Senate passed the measure, the bill's sponsor, Robert Nichols, exclaimed "[t]hank you members and Merry Christmas to you all.” The bill now heads to Gov. Perry's desk.