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HB 428 - Requires Schools to Allow Student Religious Expression - Ohio Key Vote

Kyle Koehler voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (67-26) - (Key vote)
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Title: Requires Schools to Allow Student Religious Expression

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires schools to allow student religious expression to the same extent that secular expression is allowed.



  • Authorizes students enrolled in public schools to engage in religious expression before, during, and after school hours in the same manner that a student is allowed to engage in secular activities (Sec. 1).

  • Defines “religious expression” as activities including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 1):

    • Prayer;

    • Religious gatherings such as prayer groups and religious clubs;

    • Distribution of religious literature; and

    • Any other expression of religious nature, including religious clothing, providing that it is not obscene or vulgar.

  • Requires public schools to give the same access to facilities to students seeking to hold a meeting for religious expression, without regard to the content of expression, as would be given to students for a secular purpose (Sec. 1).

  • Prohibits public schools from prohibiting students from engaging in religious expression in homework, artwork, or any other assignments (Sec. 1).

  • Repeals the provision that authorizes public schools to limit expression religious belief to non-instructional time periods (Sec. 1).

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Requires Schools to Allow Student Religious Expression



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