TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas House members have approved a bill creating a prayer room at the Statehouse.
The 107-17 vote Thursday sent the measure to the Senate.
During a debate Wednesday, supporters said other states, including Florida and Arizona, and Congress have set aside capitol space for prayer. The bill does not list a location within the Statehouse for the prayer room.
House Majority Leader Rep. Arlen Siegfreid, an Olathe Republican, originally sought to create an all-faiths chapel. But he and other supporters said the Prayer and Meditation Room would contain no religious symbols, and religious materials would not be kept there permanently.
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Also, the room would be set up using private donated funds, and donors’ names would be kept confidential.