updated June 7, 2017
In 2017, HB 2409 was introduced in the Kansas state legislature. This bill would prohibit the state from contracting with or procuring from individuals and companies (defined to include organizations and associations that exist "for profitmaking purposes or to otherwise secure economic advantage") unless they certify that they are not boycotting Israel.
- Status: On April 5, 2017, the Kansas House passed the bill, and on June 3, 2017, the Kansas Senate passed the bill
- Read the bill: HB 2409
These bills are the result of a campaign to suppress Palestine human rights activism in the U.S. Israel's interest in restricting this activism should not override our constitutional right to advocate for change.
The good news is that your right to engage in boycotts related to Israeli human rights abuses and to advocate for BDS is protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. None of the bills and resolutions described here prohibit you from engaging in BDS activities.
Whatever your views on Israel and Palestine, these bills should be of concern because they threaten the rights of everyone in the U.S. to take collective action to address injustice. Moreover, we should all be alarmed that a foreign government, Israel, is lobbying U.S. politicians to restrict our rights.