TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A bill approved by a Kansas Senate committee would prevent public colleges from acting against student religious groups for allowing only believers to be leaders or requiring members to follow a code of conduct.
The Judiciary Committee’s endorsement Wednesday sends the measure to the full Senate for debate.
Committee Chairman and Independence Republican Jeff King said the bill is a response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2010. The ruling allowed universities to adopt anti-bias policies requiring such groups to accept anyone who wants to join, regardless of whether they follow a group’s beliefs.
The bill would prevent state universities and colleges from denying recognition or benefits to groups that don’t have such policies.
The measure is opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union.
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