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SB71 (BR895) - A. Robinson, R. Alvarado, D. Carroll, C. Embry Jr., C. Girdler, M. Wilson

     AN ACT relating to voluntary student expression of religious or political viewpoints in public schools.
     Amend KRS 158.183 to permit students to voluntarily express religious or political viewpoints in school assignments free from discrimination and to require local boards of education to ensure that the selection of student speakers is made in a viewpoint neutral manner and that the student's prepared remarks are not reviewed, altered, or censured before delivery; that religious and political organizations are allowed equal access to public forums on the same basis as nonreligious and nonpolitical organizations; and that no recognized religious or political student organization is discriminated against in the ordering of its internal affairs; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to require public postsecondary education institution governing boards to ensure that students are permitted to voluntarily express religious or political viewpoints in assignments free from discrimination, that the selection of student speakers is made in a viewpoint-neutral manner and that the student's prepared remarks are not reviewed, altered, or censured before delivery, that religious and political organizations are allowed equal access to public forums on the same basis as nonreligious and nonpolitical organizations, that no recognized religious or political student organization is discriminated against in the ordering of its internal affairs, and that there shall be no restrictions on speech that occurs outdoors on campus and is protected by the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution except for restrictions that are reasonable, justified without reference to speech content, narrowly tailored to serve governmental interest, and limited to provide alternative options for the communication of the information.


SB71 - AMENDMENTS

     SCS1 - Retain original provisions; add preamble to clarify purpose of enforcing constitutional rights secured by the Constitutions of the United States and Kentucky; allow a student's prepared remarks to be reviewed prior to delivery at the student's request.
     SFA1( W. Schroder ) - Retain original provisions; allow for viewpoint-neutral review of prepared student remarks by school officials.

     Jan 07, 2015 - introduced in Senate; to Committee on Committees (S)
     Jan 08, 2015 - taken from Committee on Committees (S); 1st reading; returned to Committee on Committees (S)
     Feb 03, 2015 - to Judiciary (S)
     Feb 12, 2015 - taken from Judiciary (S); 2nd reading; returned to Judiciary (S)
     Feb 13, 2015 - reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute ; floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
     Feb 19, 2015 - posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 19, 2015; 3rd reading, passed 30-4 with Committee Substitute, floor amendment (1)
     Feb 23, 2015 - received in House
     Feb 24, 2015 - to Judiciary (H)
     Mar 04, 2015 - discharge petition filed
     Mar 09, 2015 - posted in committee
     Mar 10, 2015 - discharge petition filed