Committee Kills GOP Bill Promoting Discrimination

(Jan. 27) – The House Education Committee voted 7-6 this afternoon to kill a Republican bill that would have required the spending of taxpayer dollars to support groups that discriminate.

HB14-1048, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Priola (R-Henderson), would have required public colleges and universities to recognize and fund student organizations that discriminate in their membership requirements.

“Students have a constitutional right to form groups that discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or religion, or any other characteristic,” said Rep. Millie Hamner (D-Dillon), chairwoman of the Education Committee. “But students’ freedom to associate with whom they please doesn’t give them a right to government funding if their choices amount to discrimination.”

“I didn’t hear anything in testimony today that convinced me that there’s a problem in Colorado that this bill would solve,” said Rep. Cherylin Peniston (D-Westminster), vice chairwoman of the committee.

Voting in support of the bill, the sponsor was joined by Reps. Justin Everett (R-Littleton), Chris Holbert (R-Parker), Frank McNulty (R-Highlands Ranch), Carole Murray (R-Castle Rock) and Jim Wilson (R-Salida).

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