State contractors could not boycott Israel under Kansas bill
April 6, 2017
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...