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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Political and religious groups on North Carolina’s public higher education campuses would be in charge of their internal affairs in legislation making its way through the General Assembly.

The Senate bill recommended Tuesday by a House committee comes as Christian groups in other states are no longer recognized college organizations because their doctrines clash with university policy. The proposal says an organization can decide that only people professing its faith or mission and who act in that manner can be leaders.

Sen. Dan Soucek says some students fear compromising beliefs to get group recognition. Some lawmakers opposed to the bill say students should have to abide by campus regulations.

The bill next goes to the full House, which passed a similar bill last year.

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