Thursday, March 1, 2012
House Majority Leader Arlen Siegfreid has introduced a bill to set aside space in the Kansas Statehouse for prayer, meditation and reflection.
The Olathe Republican on Wednesday told the House Federal and State Affairs Committee that the U.S. Capitol and several other states have such chapels for use by all faiths. Siegfreid said the space would be paid for through private funds.
He said Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has offered to allow legislators to use a portion of the space allotted to his office on the second floor in the Statehouse for the chapel. Siegfreid said eventually the chapel would be located in the visitors' center scheduled to be built in the Statehouse.
Siegfreid said Brownback has offered to help him raise money for the chapel project.