Kansas legislators try to save law against boycotting Israel

March 26, 2018 - 4:33 pm

Kansas legislators are trying to save a state law prohibiting state contractors from boycotting Israel after a federal judge blocked its enforcement.

The state House passed a bill Monday to narrow the law enacted last year so that it would no longer apply to individuals or contracts worth $100,000 or less. The 93-30 vote sends the measure to the Senate.

The current law prohibits the state from contracting with individuals or companies participating in a boycott of Israel. More than 20 other states have such policies.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit in October on behalf of a curriculum coordinator for the Wichita school district who was denied a state contract. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree in January blocked the law's enforcement while the lawsuit proceeds.

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