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SB 17 (BR 910) - A. Robinson, D. Carroll, C. Embry Jr., R. Girdler, D. Seum, D. Thayer, M. Wilson, M. Wise

     AN ACT relating to the expression of religious or political viewpoints in public schools and public postsecondary institutions.
     Amend KRS 158.183 to permit students to voluntarily express religious or political viewpoints in school assignments free from discrimination; require local boards of education to ensure that the selection of student speakers is made in a viewpoint-neutral manner, the student's prepared remarks are not altered before delivery without student's consent, religious and political organizations are allowed equal access to public forums on the same basis as nonreligious and nonpolitical organizations, and no recognized religious or political student organization is discriminated against in the ordering of its internal affairs; allow students to display religious messages on items of clothing, access public school facilities during noninstructional time as a religious student organization, use school media to announce student religious meetings, and meet as a religious student group during noninstructional time and before and after school to the same extent as students undertaking such actions in a nonreligious manner; permit public schools to sponsor artistic or theatrical programs that advance students' knowledge of society's cultural and religious heritage; create a new section of KRS Chapter 158 to allow a teacher to teach about religion with the use of the Bible or other scripture without providing religious instruction, and to teach about religious holidays in a secular manner; amend KRS 158.186 to require annual notification to local school boards, school-based decision making councils, and certified employees of statutes pertaining to religious freedom and expression in schools; 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, the selection of student speakers is made in a viewpoint-neutral manner, the student's prepared remarks are not altered before delivery without the student's consent, religious and political organizations are allowed equal access to public forums on the same basis as nonreligious and nonpolitical organizations, no recognized religious or political student organization is discriminated against in the ordering of its internal affairs, and there are no restrictions on speech that occurs outdoors on campus and is protected by the First Amendment of the United States 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.


AMENDMENTS

     SCS1 - Retain original provisions; amend Section 4 to clarify that a student's speech shall not be restricted.
     SFA1( J. Carroll ) - Delete restriction of teacher observance of holidays.

     Jan 03, 2017 - introduced in Senate; taken from Committee on Committees (S); 1st reading; returned to Committee on Committees (S)
     Jan 04, 2017 - taken from Committee on Committees (S); 2nd reading; returned to Committee on Committees (S)
     Jan 07, 2017 - to Veterans, Military Affairs, & Public Protection (S)
     Feb 09, 2017 - reported favorably, to Rules with Committee Substitute; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, February 10, 2017; floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
     Feb 10, 2017 - 3rd reading, passed 31-3 with Committee Substitute and floor amendment (1); received in House
     Feb 21, 2017 - to Education (H)
     Feb 27, 2017 - posted in committee
     Feb 28, 2017 - reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
     Mar 01, 2017 - 2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 02, 2017 - posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, March 3, 2017
     Mar 06, 2017 - 3rd reading, passed 81-8; received in Senate; enrolled, signed by President of the Senate; enrolled, signed by Speaker of the House; delivered to Governor
     Mar 16, 2017 - signed by Governor (Acts, ch. 15)