Democratic legislators on Thursday said they will introduce a resolution in the Legislature to urge Congress to pass a constitutional amendment aimed at abolishing “corporate personhood.”
The proposal seeks to overturn a U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission that says corporations have the same freedom of speech rights as people.
“Corporations don’t live and breathe or go to war or rebuild after tornadoes,” said Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka. “They are simply not people and do not deserve the same rights as people.”
The resolution urges Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood by establishing that the term “person” refers only to naturally born persons. Sixteen state legislatures have introduced similar measures.
“Citizens United is wrong because it confuses people with corporations and speech with money,” said state Sen. Tom Holland of Baldwin City, who is the ranking Democrat on the Senate tax committee.