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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana Senate panel backs religion-based hiring"

Dan Carden of the NWITimes reported yesterday:

Legislation permitting state and local government contracts be awarded to companies and institutions that discriminate in hiring based on religion was approved 7-0 Monday by an Indiana Senate committee.

Senate Bill 127, which advances to the full chamber, authorizes government contractors claiming a religious affiliation to hire only workers who share their beliefs, and permits those entities take steps to confirm "all employees and applicants conform to the religious tenets of the organization."

The sponsor of the proposal, state Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, said he is seeking the change to restore the ability of Indiana Wesleyan University, a Christian college with a Merrillville location that hires employees on the basis of religion — as permitted by federal law — to continue receiving state workforce training grants.

The ILB last posted on a very similar measure nearly a year ago, on Feb. 24, 2014.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 28, 2015 09:47 AM
Posted to Indiana Government