The religious symbols would be permitted if they are part of the community’s history or heritage.
The bill is a reaction to an incident last summer, when a group threatened to sue the town of Buhler because its official city sign included a cross. The town replaced it with similar signs on private land.
The bill would also allow religious displays in public schools, if they are part of a course of study.
Rep. Don Schroeder of Hesston told a House committee Thursday that he believed religious displays like Buhler’s do not violate the U.S. Constitution.
House Majority Leader Arlen Siegfried expects a vote on the bill next week.