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HB 171 - Authorizes Off-Campus Religious Courses for High School Credit - Ohio Key Vote


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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Authorizes Off-Campus Religious Courses for High School Credit

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) (86-10) -
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (24-9) - (Key vote)
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Title: Authorizes Off-Campus Religious Courses for High School Credit

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes a student to receive high school credit for off-campus religious courses.

  • Authorizes a school board to allow a student to earn up to 2 units of high school credit by attending an off-campus course of religious instruction during school hours if certain requirements are met, including, but not limited to, the following requirements (Sec. 1):
    • The student’s parent or guardian gives written consent;
    • The course sponsor maintains attendance records; and
    • The student assumes responsibility for any missed schoolwork.
  • Prohibits a student from missing a core curriculum subject course in order to attend a religious instruction course (Sec. 1). 
  • Prohibits using public funds or involving public school personnel in providing religious instruction under the provisions of this bill (Sec. 1). 
  • Requires the school board to evaluate the religious instruction course using “secular” criteria when determining whether to award credit for the course, including, but not limited to, the following criteria (Sec. 1):
    • The qualifications of the instructor;
    • The number of hours of classroom instruction;
    • The course requirements and materials specified in the syllabus; and
    • The methods of assessment used in the course.
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (78-15) -
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Authorizes Off-Campus Religious Courses for High School Credit


  • Jeffrey A. 'Jeff' McClain (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Bill Patmon (OH - D) (Out Of Office)


  • Ron Amstutz (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John E. Barnes Jr. (OH - D) (Out Of Office)
  • William G. 'Bill' Batchelder (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Peter A. Beck (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Heather Bishoff (OH - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Terry Blair (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Terry R. Boose (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Tim W. Brown (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James 'Jim' Buchy (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Tony Burkley (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Margaret 'Margy' Conditt (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Timothy 'Tim' Derickson (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael D. 'Mike' Dovilla (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Keith L. Faber (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Cheryl L. Grossman (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert D. 'Bob' Hackett (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Christina M. Hagan (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • David L. 'Dave' Hall (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William C. 'Bill' Hayes (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael E. 'Mike' Henne (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Brian D. Hill (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Clifford K. 'Cliff' Hite (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jay Hottinger (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Matt Huffman (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Kris Jordan (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Matt Lynch (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Zack Milkovich (OH - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Dorothy Pelanda (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Wes Retherford (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Kristina Daley Roegner (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Timothy O. 'Tim' Schaffer (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Barbara R. Sears (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Marilyn Slaby (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Ryan Smith (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert Cole Sprague (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Gerald L. 'Jerry' Stebelton (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Louis F. 'Lou' Terhar (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Andrew M. 'Andy' Thompson (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Joseph W. 'Joe' Uecker (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Lynn R. Wachtmann (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Christopher R. 'Chris' Widener (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Ronald E. 'Ron' Young (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
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