A Senate panel has approved a bill that would allow students and faculty members at religious colleges and universities to use religious texts as a way to study.
The Senate Education Committee on Thursday voted 7-4 in favor of Sen. Chris Van Hollen’s bill.
It passed the Senate Education and Human Services Committee on Monday and is awaiting a House-approved version that would require the inclusion of the text of the scriptures in courses of study.
Democrats on the committee also sided with the Religious Education and Religious Freedom Act, which requires schools to provide all religious instruction in public schools.
The bill also prohibits the use of religious texts in the classroom for purposes of indoctrination.
The committee approved the bill Thursday after Democrats were unable to reach a compromise on the text.