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Kansas Bill Penalizing Profane School Materials Moves Ahead

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Teachers no longer would be exempt from criminal charges for showing students materials deemed to be harmful to minors under a bill given first-round approval in the Kansas Senate.

Teachers could be charged for any materials thought to be too sexual or too profane for minors.

Republican Senator Forrest Knox of Altoona said he supported the bill.

Knox says teachers should not be protected from showing materials that would draw penalties in other contexts.

Democratic Senator David Haley of Kansas City said that Senate Democrats intended to argue against the bill, but were out of the chamber when it came up for discussion.

The bill swiftly moved through the approval process without debate and will be up for a final vote Wednesday.

It will then pass to the House.