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State contractors could not boycott Israel under Kansas bill


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas House approved a bill that would prohibit the state from awarding contracts to companies that are participating in any boycott of Israel.

The House passed the measure Wednesday on a 116-9 vote.

Similar policies in 17 states are intended to slow a Boycott, Divest and Sanction, or BDS, movement backed by pro-Palestinian freedom groups . Supporters of the movement say it's a way to promote Palestinian human rights, but pro-Israeli groups call it discrimination.

Supporters contend the laws don't prohibit free speech because individuals and companies can still cr...

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