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 is sent to the governor for signature.

Here is how the Senate voted:

Yeas: Abrams, Apple, Arpke, Bowers, Bruce, Denning, Donovan, Emler, Faust-Goudeau, Fitzgerald, Holmes, Kelly, Kerschen, King, Knox, LaTurner, Longbine, Love, Lynn, Masterson, McGinn, Melcher, O’Donnell, Olson, Ostmeyer, Petersen, Pettey, Pilcher-Cook, Powell, Pyle, V. Schmidt, Smith, Tyson, Wagle.

Nays: Francisco, Haley, Hawk, Hensley.

Present and Passing: Holland, Wolf.