Kansas House Passes Funeral-Picketing Bill, Awaits Senate Action

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The House has passed a new funeral-picketing bill.

The 123-0 vote Wednesday continues the bill's fast track to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who says she will sign it. All that remains is for the Senate to agree with the House's version and send it to her.

A funeral-picketing law was enacted last year, but a Kansas Supreme Court ruling two weeks ago kept it from going into effect. Legislators moved quickly to re-enact the same law, minus the provision the court struck down.

The law was prompted by the Rev. Fred Phelps and his followers protesting at funerals of U.S. soldiers killed in combat.

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