SJ 339 Constitutional amendment; prohibits General Assembly from incorporating churches (1st reference).
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Summary as introduced:
Constitutional amendment (first resolution); powers of the General Assembly; limitations on powers including incorporation of churches.  Deletes language that prohibits the General Assembly from granting charters of incorporation to churches. This prohibition was held to be unconstitutional in 2002 by the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Falwell v. Miller (203 F.Supp. 2d 624). The Court held that the prohibition against incorporation of churches violated the plaintiff church's First Amendment rights to the free exercise of religion. Since that case, the State Corporation Commission has granted charters to churches. This amendment deletes the now obsolete language and effects no change in current law on the powers of the General Assembly.

Full text:
01/11/05  Senate: Prefiled & ordered printed; offered 01/12/05 050272772  pdf
04/11/05  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ339ER)  pdf
04/13/05  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0950)  pdf

Status:
01/11/05  Senate: Prefiled & ordered printed; offered 01/12/05 050272772
01/11/05  Senate: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/01/05  Senate: Reported from Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N)
02/03/05  Senate: Read first time
02/04/05  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
02/07/05  Senate: Read third time
02/07/05  Senate: Agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/07/05  Senate: VOTE: AGREE TO (40-Y 0-N)
02/07/05  Senate: Communicated to House
02/09/05  House: Placed on Calendar
02/09/05  House: Read first time
02/09/05  House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/18/05  House: Reported from Privileges and Elections (19-Y 0-N)
02/22/05  House: Passed by for the day
02/23/05  House: Passed by for the day
02/24/05  House: Taken up
02/24/05  House: Agreed to by House (86-Y 7-N)
02/24/05  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (86-Y 7-N)
03/09/05  Senate: Enrolled
03/09/05  House: Signed by Speaker
03/11/05  Senate: Signed by President
04/11/05  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ339ER)
04/13/05  House: Assigned Chapter 950 (effective 7/1/05)
04/13/05  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0950)