HJ 537 Constitutional amendment; free exercise of religion on public property (first reference).
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Summary as passed House: (all summaries)
Constitutional amendment (first resolution); religious freedom. Amends the current religious freedom provisions of the Virginia Constitution to "secure further the people's right to acknowledge God"; to permit prayer and the recognition of "religious beliefs, heritage, and traditions on public property, including public schools"; and to prohibit the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions, including public school divisions, from composing school prayers or requiring individuals to "join in prayer or other religious activity."

The current constitutional provision parallels the federal free exercise/establishment clauses of the U.S. Constitution and provides for the free exercise of religion "according to the dictates of conscience" and prohibits the General Assembly from compelling persons to participate in religious activity.

Full text:
10/15/04  House: Prefiled & ordered printed; offered 01/12/05 054685264  pdf
02/04/05  House: Committee substitute printed 051846264-H1  pdf

10/15/04  House: Prefiled & ordered printed; offered 01/12/05 054685264
10/15/04  House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/04/05  House: Reported from P. & E. w/substitute (14-Y 6-N)
02/04/05  House: Committee substitute printed 051846264-H1
02/07/05  House: Passed by for the day
02/08/05  House: Taken up
02/08/05  House: Committee substitute agreed to 051846264-H1
02/08/05  House: Pending question, not ordered
02/08/05  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute HJ537H1
02/08/05  House: Agreed to by House (69-Y 27-N)
02/08/05  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (69-Y 27-N)
02/08/05  House: Communicated to Senate
02/09/05  Senate: Reading waived
02/09/05  Senate: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/15/05  Senate: Rereferred from P.& E. (9-Y 5-N)
02/15/05  Senate: Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/21/05  Senate: Failed to report (defeated) in C. J. (5-Y 10-N)