TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas legislators are scheduled to consider a proposal next week that would set aside space in the Statehouse for an all-faiths chapel.
The Lawrence Journal World reports that House Majority Leader Arlen Siegfreid has proposed a place “reserved for prayer and meditation in the state Capitol building.” A hearing on the Olathe Republican’s bill is scheduled Wednesday and Thursday before the House Federal and State Affairs Committee.
The measure says belief in God, prayer and meditation have played a significant part in the history of the U.S. and Kansas.
Several lawmakers said the measure could raise legal issues. House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence also said he didn’t think putting a chapel in the Statehouse was necessary and pointed out there are several churches across the street.