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SB 3597 - Prohibits Nondiscrimination Policies for College Student Religious Groups - Key Vote

Tennessee Key Votes

John Ragan, Jr. voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Vetoed (Executive) -

Title: Prohibits Nondiscrimination Policies for College Student Religious Groups

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (61-22) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Discrimination Against Religious Student Groups at Public Universities

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits state higher education institutions from discriminating against religious organizations that select members or leaders based on religious criteria, effective July 1, 2012.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits a state higher education institution from discriminating against or denying recognition, funds, or facilities to a student organization based on the religious nature of the organization's speech or worship (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits a state higher education institution from discriminating against or denying recognition, funds, or facilities to a student organization based on the organization's requirement that only people who profess the group's faith may serve as members or leaders (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “state higher education institution” as a public higher education institution or a private higher education institution that receives more than $24 million in state funding (Sec. 1).
  • Exempts any private higher education institution that meets both of the following conditions from the provisions of this bill (Sec. 1):
    • The institution requires all student organizations to accept any student that applies for membership; and
    • The institution prohibits all student organizations from establishing numerical membership limits.
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (19-12) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Discrimination Against Religious Student Groups at Public Universities

Vote Result
Yea Votes
Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits state higher education institutions from discriminating against religious organizations that select members or leaders based on religious criteria, effective July 1, 2012.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits a state higher education institution from discriminating against or denying recognition, funds, or facilities to a student organization based on the religious nature of the organization's speech or worship (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits a state higher education institution from discriminating against or denying recognition, funds, or facilities to a student organization based on the organization's requirement that only people who profess the group's faith may serve as members or leaders (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “state higher education institution” as a public higher education institution or a private higher education institution that receives more than $24 million in state funding (Sec. 1).
  • Exempts any private higher education institution that meets both of the following conditions from the provisions of this bill (Sec. 1):
    • The institution requires all student organizations to accept any student that applies for membership; and
    • The institution prohibits all student organizations from establishing numerical membership limits.
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Prohibits Discrimination Against Religious Student Groups at Public Universities

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