Missouri Student Association Religious Freedom Bill (HB 927)
This law was last updated on Sep 19, 2019
HB 927 would allow college and university student groups to limit membership based on religious belief.
The bill would prohibit public colleges and universities from taking any action or enforcing any policy that denies a religious student association any benefit available to any other student association.
The bill would prohibit public colleges and universities from discriminating against a religious student association based on that association’s requirement that its leaders or members do the following:
- adhere to the association’s sincerely held religious beliefs;
- comply with the association’s sincere religious practice requirements;
- comply with the association’s sincere religious standards of conduct;
- or be committed to furthering the association’s religious missions, as described in the act.
The bill prohibits colleges and universities from substantially burdening a student’s exercise of religion unless the institution can demonstrate that application of the burden is in furtherance of a compelling interest of the school and is the least restrictive means for doing so.
Any student or religious student association that has been aggrieved as a result of a violation of this law may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial or administrative proceeding against the institution and obtain appropriate relief.
This would allow for the discrimination against LGBTQ students looking to join student groups.
2/13/19 – Introduced.