Breaking News: CCV-Backed Student Religious Liberties Act Heads to Ohio House for a Concurrent Vote

The Ohio Senate just unanimously passed HB 164, The Student Religious Liberties Act, which protects prayer and religious expression in public schools. Sponsored by Representative Tim Ginter, the bill ensures students in Ohio’s K-12 public schools cannot be discriminated against because of their faith.

“No student should be forced to check their faith at the door just because they walk into a public school,” said Aaron Baer, president of Citizens for Community Values. “The Student Religious Liberties Act ensures that all Ohio students – of any faith or no faith – are not penalized or rewarded because of their Christian beliefs.”

“We are thankful for the leadership of Senate President Larry Obhof, Majority Leader Senator Matt Huffman, and Senate Education Chair Peggy Lehner. This important bill puts Ohio directly in line with the Trump Administration’s Executive Order that protects prayer and religious expression in school. It is a time-tested approach to ensuring religious freedom is protected, and public schools are able to maintain orderly and diverse environments.”

At least 10 other states have enacted similar legislation, and it has been proven to provide protections for all students of faith.

The bill now heads over to the House for a concurrent vote, and then up to Governor Mike DeWine.

For more information, contact CCV at 513-733-5775, or [email protected]

As Ohio’s Family Policy Council, Citizens for Community Values seeks the good of our neighbors throughout Ohio by advocating for public policy that reflects the truth of the Gospel. We endeavor to create an Ohio where God’s blessings of life, family, and religious freedom are treasured, respected, and protected.

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