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H.R. 3574: Transparency in Taxpayer-Funded Discrimination Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 28, 2017 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3574

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 28, 2017

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce

A BILL

To amend the Department of Education Organization Act and the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require publication of information relating to religious exemptions to the requirements of title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Transparency in Taxpayer-Funded Discrimination Act.

2.

Publication on website of the Department of Education

Section 203 of the Department of Education Organization Act (20 U.S.C. 3413) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(d)

The Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights shall publish, on the Department’s website, information regarding religious exemptions to the requirements of title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.) in accord with this paragraph. Such information shall include a list naming each institution of higher education that requests such an exemption, the name of each such institution that has received an exemption, and the nature and scope of that exemption (including each program or activity covered by the exemption and the personal characteristics or behaviors to which the exemption applies).

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3.

Publication on website of each institution of higher education

Section 485 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1092) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(n)

Disclosure of religious exemptions to title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Each institution of higher education participating in any program under this title that requests, receives, or exercises or intends to exercise a religious exemption to the requirements of title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.) shall publish on its website, in a prominent location, the following:

(1)

Request letter

Each letter submitted by the educational institution to the Department to request such an exemption.

(2)

Exemption letter

Each letter from the Department to the educational institution that grants or denies such an exemption.

(3)

Notice of request

Notice that the educational institution has requested an exemption under section 901(a)(3) of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. 1681(a)(3)).

(4)

Notice of exemption

If applicable, notice that the educational institution has received an exemption under section 901(a)(3) of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. 1681(a)(3)).

(5)

Covered personal characteristics or behaviors

A list of the personal characteristics or behaviors to which each requested or granted exemption applies.

(6)

Covered activities or programs

A list of the activities or programs to which each exemption applies.

(7)

Statement of rights

The statement Students continue to have rights under title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Any student who experiences discrimination may contact the Office for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Education at _____ or _____., with the first blank space being filled with a link to the website of the Office for Civil Rights and the second blank space being filled with the telephone number of the Office for Civil Rights.

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