2013/2014 Legislation

School Choice – HB 2400/SB 22

HB 2400/SB 22 would establish the corporate education tax credit scholarship program.  Corporate donors would be able to contribute to scholarship granting nonprofit organizations, which would then use those private funds to provide scholarships to students wishing to attend private schools, including Catholic schools.  The corporation would then get a tax credit.  This bill does […] Read More >>

Preservation of Religious Freedom Act – HB 2203

The Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act would protect religious individuals and institutions from government coercion that would force them to violate their religious beliefs.  Freedom of religion should not be reduced to a mere freedom to worship in private.  Instead, it should mean the freedom for people to live their faith as a full […] Read More >>

Civil Rights for the Unborn – SB 142

SB 142 would: Allow civil suits on behalf of the wrongful death of an unborn child throughout gestation, not just after “viability.”  Kansas already allows criminal prosecution for injury to, or death of, the unborn during crimes committed against the mother; Ban any “wrongful birth” lawsuits claiming damages for a disabled child that “would have […] Read More >>

Ban on Sex-Slection Abortions – SB 141

SB 141 would prohibit abortions performed solely because of the gender of the unborn child. Kansas Catholic Conference testimony SB 141 bill text Status: SB 141 was rolled into HB 2253, which has been signed into law. 03/25/2013 Approved by House Federal and State Affairs Committee 03/21/2013 Hearing in House Federal and State Affairs Committee […] Read More >>

Pro-Life Protections Act – HB 2253

The 2013 Pro-Life Protections Act: Prohibits abortions performed solely because of the gender of the unborn child; Forbids the use of state money for abortion; Prevents tax credits from being applied towards abortion, or being claimed by organizations that perform abortion; Bars state agencies from discriminating against health care providers that decline involvement in abortion; […] Read More >>

Abolition of the Death Penalty – SB 126

SB 126 would repeal Kansas’ death penalty law and abolish capital punishment in Kansas. Archbishop Naumann’s testimony Bill text of SB 126 Status: 01/16/2014 Hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee 02/05/2013 Introduced in Senate Read More >>

In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants – HB 2192

HB 2192 would deny in-state tuition rates to those living in Kansas without legal documentation, and would have the effect of denying in-state tuition to the children of those here illegally. Statement by Kansas Catholic Bishops Bill text of HB 2192 Status: 03/20/2013 Hearing in House Federal and State Affairs Committee 01/31/2013 Introduced in House […] Read More >>