Senate Bill 6

Actions | Amendments
Last Action 02/14/24: to Committee on Committees (H)
Title AN ACT relating to postsecondary institutions.
Bill Documents Current
Introduced
Bill Request Number 393
Sponsors M. Wilson, G. Boswell, M. Deneen, D. Douglas, S. Meredith, R. Mills, J. Schickel, D. Thayer, L. Tichenor, P. Wheeler, G. Williams, M. Wise
Summary of Original Version Create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to define terms; provide that a student or employee of a public postsecondary education institution shall not be penalized, discriminated against, or receive any adverse treatment due to the individual's refusal to support or endorse any divisive concept; provide that a student or employee of a public postsecondary education institution shall not be required to endorse a specific ideology or political viewpoint to be eligible for hiring, contract renewal, tenure, promotion, or graduation and prohibit an institution from inquiring into the individual's political or social viewpoints; provide that any person aggrieved by a violation of this Act has a cause of action against the institution for damages and costs of no less than $1,000 and no more than $100,000 per violation; waive sovereign, governmental, and qualified immunity; require the job duties of any individual employed in a diversity, equity, and inclusion role to include the promotion of intellectual diversity; provide that nothing in the section shall be interpreted to infringe upon designated rights of an institution's ability to comply with state or federal law or accreditation standards; require each public postsecondary education institution to conduct a survey in 2025 and 2027 of the institution's students and employees to assess the campus climate with regard to diversity of thought and the respondents' comfort level in speaking freely on campus, regardless of political affiliation or ideology.
Index Headings of Original Version Education, Higher - Ideology or viewpoint statements, prohibited acts, claims arising from violation
Universities and Colleges - Ideology or viewpoint statements, prohibited acts, claims arising from violation
Civil Actions - Postsecondary educational institutions, prohibited acts regarding ideology and political viewpoints
Claims - Postsecondary educational institutions, prohibited acts regarding ideology and political viewpoints
Reports Mandated - Public postsecondary education institutions, campus climate with regard to diversity of thought
Jump to Proposed Amendments Senate Committee Substitute 1
Senate Floor Amendment 1
Votes Vote History

Actions

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01/02/24
  • introduced in Senate
  • to Committee on Committees (S)
01/03/24
  • to Education (S)
02/08/24
  • reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute (1)
02/09/24
  • 2nd reading, to Rules
  • floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
02/12/24
  • posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 13, 2024
02/13/24
  • 3rd reading
  • Floor Amendment (1) defeated
  • passed 26-7 with Committee Substitute (1)
02/14/24
  • received in House
  • to Committee on Committees (H)

Proposed Amendments

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Amendment Senate Committee Substitute 1
Summary Retain original provisions, except change the term divisive concepts to discriminatory concepts; prohibit a public postsecondary education institution from providing preferential or prejudicial consideration or treatment to an individual on the basis of the individual's actual or perceived political or social ideology; prohibit a public postsecondary education institution from requiring a course that presents a discriminatory concepts as fact or otherwise advocates for any individual to assent to or support a discriminatory concepts as a prerequisite, program requirement, or general education course; establish requirements for new student orientation programs; require atleast 50% of diversity initiative employees' duties to be allocated to mentoring and providing academic coaching and related learning support activities necessary for the academic success of students who are eligible to receive a federal Pell grant; remove the private cause of action for a violation of this Act; authorize the Attorney General to bring a civil action for enforcement of this Act; create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to require public postsecondary education institutions to publish designated course information to the institution's website; amend KRS 164.348 to conform.
Index Headings Education, Higher - Public postsecondary education, discriminatory topics, prohibition of required courses promoting
Education, Higher - Public postsecondary education, new student orientation, requirements
Universities and Colleges - Public postsecondary education, discriminatory topics, prohibition of required courses promoting
Universities and Colleges - Public postsecondary education, new student orientation, requirements
Attorney General - Public postsecondary education, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, civil action
Civil Actions - Public postsecondary education, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, civil action

Amendment Senate Floor Amendment 1
Sponsor G. Neal
Summary Retain all original provisions except require the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) to develop new student orientation materials that contain designated items for institutions to distribute; amend the mandatory duties of a diversity, equity, and employee of a public postsecondary education institution; delete the authority of the Attorney General to enforce the Act and authorize CPE to promulgate administrative regulations to enforce this Act.
Index Headings Education, Higher - Public postsecondary diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, restrictions, CPE enforcement
Education, Higher - Public postsecondary education, new student orientation materials, CPE development
Universities and Colleges - Public postsecondary diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, restrictions, CPE enforcement
Universities and Colleges - Public postsecondary education, new student orientation materials, CPE development
Attorney General - Public postsecondary diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, delete restriction enforcement
Administrative Regulations and Proceedings - Council on Postsecondary Education, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, restrictions

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