Senators approve bill clarifying student religious rights

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers have approved a measure aimed at strengthening protections for religious practices in school.

Senators voted to approve AB120 in a 19-2 vote on Tuesday. The measure passed the Assembly in April and now goes to Gov. Brian Sandoval for approval.

The bill clarifies religious rights for students but sets restrictions if the practice is used to bully other students or disrupt an educational environment. It also requires school boards to set up a grievance process for students who claim their religious rights have been violated.

Clark County and Washoe County school districts initially opposed the bill but came on board after Republican bill sponsor Assemblyman Jim Wheeler amended the bill to give districts more leeway.

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