This week, the House Higher Education Committee voted HB 837 "do pass" by a 6-3 margin, advancing the bill for further consideration by the full House. Sponsored byRep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove), HB 837 would protect religious student groups on campus by prohibiting Missouri colleges and universities from denying access to campus facilities and means of communication to student religious groups that require those seeking a leadership position in the group to sign a statement of belief.
Many colleges and universities require student groups to sign non-discrimination policies stating that they will not discriminate against anyone seeking to participate in the group. These policies have been used on some campuses to exclude groups that hold a traditional view of marriage and human sexuality. HB 837 would prohibit the university from denying religious student groups the same campus benefits offered to other groups. The bill would have to be approved by the entire House before heading to the Senate for consideration, and with only five weeks left in the legislative session, chances are slim there is enough time for the bill to pass this year.
April 12, 2019 - 10:49am