A bill that would put into state law the right for the Legislature and others to open their sessions with prayer won approval Wednesday in the state Senate.

The vote was 34-0.

The measure, Senate Bill 135, next faces action in the state House.

Sen. John Milkovich, D-Shreveport, sponsor of the legislation, said Senate lawyers checked his proposal to make sure it is legal.

Miklovich said the U. S. Supreme Court has upheld “the traditional practice of legislative bodies to offer prayer before meetings.

“We are right in line with the United State Supreme Court,” said Milkovich, an attorney.

The bill says political subdivisions can open sessions with a voluntary prayer.

Doing so, it says. “shall be neutral toward religion, and shall not be intended nor interpreted as state support of or interference with religion or promoted as a religious exercise.”