This morning, Michigan’s House Judiciary Committee discussed and voted out Speaker Jase Bolger’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) bill, HB 5958. Some members of the committee offered amendments, including one that would have prohibited the bill from being used to violate anti-discrimination or civil rights laws in Michigan, but no amendments were adopted.
The official Americans United blog on legislation and activities of lawmakers.
Same-sex marriage is now legal in 35 states due to a recent series of victories in the courts, legislatures, and ballot boxes. In response, some state legislatures are trying to come up with ways to push back against this trend.
Today is voting day, and Americans United has been keeping an eye on a couple of ballot initiatives.
The U.S. Department of Education released a report this week entitled, “Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: An Early Look at Applicants and Participating Schools Under the SOAR Act.”
The 46th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools came out in late August, illustrating public opinions about a variety of education issues. Two of the issues the Poll addressed are the public’s lack of support for private school vouchers and its misunderstanding about the fact that charter schools cannot teach religion.
In the wake of the troubling Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision, Congress introduced a bill to prevent employers from using religion to deny essential health care coverage to their employees.
In the month of August, members of Congress leave the District and head back to enjoy summer in their home states. This gives you the perfect opportunity to get in touch with your U.S. Representative and Senators and let them know how important church-state separation is to you.
AU created an August Recess Action Kit, which includes information about how you can best take action in your home state during this time.
Legislators around the country continue to push for private school vouchers, despite increasing evidence that they just don’t work. The programs in Wisconsin and Florida have both recently made the news for new and continuing problems.
Poor Academics and Accountability
Private school voucher programs all around the country are siphoning public money into private and religious schools, resulting in a slew of civil rights and regulatory problems.
Several bills moved in state legislatures last week that encourage government-sanctioned prayer under the guise of “protecting” religious freedoms. In reality, these bills merely make it easier to evangelize to captive audiences in a government setting.
Virginia Senate Bill 555