House Higher Ed Committee Hears Campus Religious Liberty Bill


This week, the House Higher Education Committee heard HB 837, sponsored by Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove), which would protect religious student groups on campus. The bill would prohibit colleges and universities in Missouri from denying access to campus facilities and means of communication to student groups that require their leaders to sign a statement of belief in order to serve in leadership roles within the group.

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 these groups campus benefits offered to other groups if they require those seeking a leadership position to sign a statement of belief. The MCC, along with other religious advocacy groups, testified in support of the bill. A similar bill was heard in the Senate earlier this session.

April 5, 2019 - 11:34am

Latest Posts

President Biden Signs Gun Safety Legislation

President Biden on Saturday signed into law gun safety legislation passed in the aftermath of shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York. The...Read more

Governor Parson Signs Elections Bill

On Wednesday, Governor Mike Parson signed a wide-ranging elections bill that includes requiring voters to present a government-issued photo identification to cast a ballot....Read more

Kentanji Brown Jackson Becomes First Black Woman on Supreme Court

Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice on Thursday, making history as the first Black woman to serve on...Read more

Subscribe to Blog
  • 1 of 326