HB 1437 Prayer at public events; authority to adopt an ordinance to allow.
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Summary as passed House: (all summaries)

Prayer at public events. Provides that a deliberative public body, by ordinance, resolution, or written policy statement, may adopt a policy to permit a public invocation before each meeting of the public body, for the benefit of the public body. The policy may allow for an invocation to be offered on a voluntary basis, at the beginning of the meeting, by (i) a chaplain elected by the public officials of the deliberative public body or (ii) an invocation speaker selected on an objective and rotating basis from among a wide pool of the religious leaders serving established religious congregations in the local community in which the deliberative public body meets. The bill also defines deliberative body and public invocation.

Full text:
12/24/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100067D  pdf
02/04/15  House: Committee substitute printed 15104618D-H1  pdf
02/09/15  House: Floor substitute printed 15104938D-H2 (Bell, Richard P.)  pdf
02/09/15  House: Printed as engrossed 15104938D-EH2  pdf

House amendments
House amendments rejected

12/24/14  House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100067D
12/24/14  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/15  House: Assigned Courts sub: Constitutional Law
01/30/15  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 3-N)
02/04/15  House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (13-Y 6-N)
02/04/15  House: Committee substitute printed 15104618D-H1
02/06/15  House: Read first time
02/09/15  House: Floor substitute printed 15104938D-H2 (Bell, Richard P.)
02/09/15  House: Read second time
02/09/15  House: Committee substitute rejected 15104618D-H1
02/09/15  House: Substitute by Delegate Bell, Richard P. agreed to15104938D-H2
02/09/15  House: Passed by temporarily
02/09/15  House: Amendment by Delegate Simon rejected
02/09/15  House: Amendments by Delegate Davis agreed to
02/09/15  House: Engrossed by House - floor substitute with amendments HB1437EH2
02/09/15  House: Printed as engrossed 15104938D-EH2
02/10/15  House: Read third time and passed House (69-Y 30-N)
02/10/15  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (69-Y 30-N)
02/11/15  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/15  Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/23/15  Senate: Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology (8-Y 7-N)