This new exercise will let our kids escape from all their distractions — if only for a minute or two — so they can think, feel, reflect, and breathe. I’m confident this will have a significant impact on the mental and emotional health of our kids.

Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey

HB 2707 Bill Signing Ceremony – Moment of Silence

Governor Doug Ducey

4/12/2022

Hello, everyone. Thank you all for being here.

Last month — in this exact spot — we launched the AZ OnTrack Summer Camp, an initiative designed to get our kids caught up in critical areas like math, reading, and American civics. Our kids have fallen dramatically behind, and it’s our number-one priority to get them back on track. 

But academic learning loss is only one challenge our kids are confronted with today. The proliferation of social media and cell phones have created countless distractions for our kids — there’s no question about it.

These devices are taking our kids’ attention away from their friends, their families, their faith, and even their own thoughts and feelings. Just as we’re working to get our kids refocused in the classroom, we should also work to get them refocused emotionally too.

That’s exactly what this bill in front of us does. This legislation requires all of Arizona’s public schools and charter schools to set aside time every day for students to engage in a moment of silence.

A moment may not seem like a lot of time. But think about the impact that a moment of silence has when we honor, remember, and mourn the fallen — just as one example.

That moment allows us to reflect on their life, their impact on our world, and what they meant to us. It’s a simple exercise, yet it holds enormous weight and immense value. 

Think about the kind of impact it could have on kids of all faiths as they do it every day. And the best part is, this moment of silence can be used for anything kids want — meditation, prayer, reflection, or whatever they or their parents think is valuable.

This new exercise will let our kids escape from all their distractions — if only for a minute or two — so they can think, feel, reflect, and breathe. 

I’m confident this will have a significant impact on the mental and emotional health of our kids. I want to thank Representative Alma Hernandez for sponsoring this legislation and leading on this issue. I also want to thank Rabbi Pinchas Allouche from Congregation Beth Tefillah of Arizona for your hard work and support to help get this bill to my desk.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize Rabbi Schneersohn — also known as the Lubavitcher Rebbe — an influential figure of the Jewish community. In 1981, shortly after the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, the Rebbe called for a moment of silence in schools at the beginning of every day. 

This bill was inspired by him and his legacy, and today would have been his 120th birthday. I’m eager to sign this bill today, which will further the vision of the great Rebbe, enhance the education of our children, and contribute to their emotional and spiritual well-being. I’d now like to hand it over to Representative Hernandez to share a few words about the importance of this legislation.

Thank you, Representative, and thank you to everyone here for all your leadership. Without further ado, let’s sign this bill.

There it is — H.B. 2707 — the law of the land. I’m confident this new law will improve the lives of our kids today and well into the future. Thank you.