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The official Americans United blog on legislation and activities of lawmakers.

Civil Rights and Religious Freedom in Michigan

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.

August Recess: Take Action in Your State!

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.

School Vouchers Still Not Working

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

Government Endorsed Religion in State Bills

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