Religious exemption in state and local contracts

The Civil Law Committee heard SB 127 authored by Sen. Holdman on religious exemption in state and local contracts. The bill provides that any state and local contract with a religious-based organization executed after June 30, 2015, must include a provision authorizing the religious-based organization to give employment preference to individuals of a particular religion or to require all employees or applicants to conform with the organization’s religious tenets to the extent authorized under Title VII the Civil Rights Act of 1964. An amendment was adopted by consent making the bill requirements applicable to contracts with foreign corporations. The Indiana Catholic Conference testified in support of the bill. The amended bill passed 7-0.

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