Campus Religious Freedom Act of 2015 – SB 175

February 11, 2015 | , . | Posted in Vote Tracker

SB 175 would protect religious student groups at public universities.  SB 175 ensures that religious campus groups will be allowed to continue to limit their leadership positions to students who share the organization’s faith.  The legislation is needed because of a new trend developing in other states where religious student groups are forced to allow people who reject the group’s beliefs to be the group’s leader.  Student groups that refuse are forced off campus.  If a Kansas university ever implemented such a policy, a Catholic student group would be forced to allow an atheist to be the group’s leader, a Baptist student group would be forced to allow someone who rejects Baptist beliefs to be the group’s leader, etc.  The real purpose of these policies is to force religious campus groups off campus.  SB 175 would prevent such a policy from coming to Kansas.

Kansas Catholic Conference testimony

Bill text of HB 175


03/16/2016 Approved by House of Representatives 81-41
04/02/2015 Approved by House Federal & State Affairs Committee
03/19/2015 Approved by Senate 30-8
03/11/2015 Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee
02/10/2015 Introduced in Senate

Vote Tallies:

03/19/2015 Approved by Senate 30-8

Yeas: Abrams, Arpke, Baumgardner, Bowers, Bruce, Denning, Donovan, Fitzgerald, Holmes, Kerschen, King, Knox, LaTurner, Longbine, Love, Lynn, Masterson, Melcher, O’Donnell, Olson, Ostmeyer, Petersen, Pilcher-Cook, Powell, Pyle, Smith, Tyson, Wagle, Wilborn, Wolf.

Nays: Faust-Goudeau, Francisco, Haley, Hensley, Holland, Kelly, McGinn, Schmidt.