Month: March 2013

Kansas House to Debate School Choice Legislation

March 24, 2013 On Monday, March 25, the Kansas House of Representatives will debate legislation that would give children from low-income families and children with special needs the opportunity to attend private schools they would otherwise not be able to afford. SB 22 would establish the corporate education tax credit scholarship program.  Corporate donors would …

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Kansas Senate Passes Religious Freedom Bill

March 22, 2013 Yesterday the Kansas Senate passed legislation that would protect Kansans from government coercion that violates their religious beliefs by a margin of 34-4.  The Kansas Catholic Conference testified on behalf of the bill when it was heard in committee.  Because the bill was amended, it must be voted on by the House again before it …

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Kansas Bishops Issue Statement on In-State Tuition Legislation

March 21, 2013 Yesterday, the House Federal and State Affairs Committee held a hearing on HB 2192, legislation that would deny in-state tuition rates to those living in Kansas without legal documentation.  The bill would have the effect of denying in-state tuition to the children of those here illegally.  The Kansas Bishops submitted a joint …

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House Committee Kills Legislation Regulating Strip Clubs in Kansas

March 8, 2013 Today, the House Federal and State Affairs Committee voted against the “Community Defense Act”: legislation that would regulate sexually oriented businesses in Kansas. The Community Defense Act would prevent sexually oriented businesses – adult bookstores, video stores, arcades, strip clubs, theaters, etc. – from building within 1000 feet of churches, schools, parks, …

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Kansas House Passes Religious Freedom Bill

March 1, 2013 Today the Kansas House of Representatives passed legislation that would protect Kansans from government coercion that violates their religious beliefs by a margin of 109-14.  The Kansas Catholic Conference testified on behalf of the bill when it was heard in committee.  Now the bill moves to the Senate. This is how they voted: Yeas: Alcala, …

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