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H.R. 3243 (116th): Equal Campus Access Act of 2019

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But would this permit religious student organizations to discriminate themselves, for example a Christian organization prohibiting LGBTQ members?


The Equal Access Act of 1984 requires public high schools to treat all clubs or extracurricular activities equally, without discriminating based on a club’s religious affiliation. For example, a Bible Club should be treated the same as a Chess Club. Failure to do so is supposed to result in a loss of federal taxpayer funding.

The 1981 Supreme Court decision Widmar v. Vincent ruled that public universities cannot discriminate against a club or activity’s religious affiliation either. But currently such colleges remain bound by that 8–1 judicial interpretation, rather than explicitly through a federal law.

What the legislation does

The Equal Campus Access Act would disallow any federal taxpayer dollars …

Sponsor and status

Tim Walberg

Sponsor. Representative for Michigan's 7th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 12, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Jun 12, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on June 12, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


16 Cosponsors (16 Republicans)



Jun 12, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 3243 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3243. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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