Constitutional amendment; prohibits General Assembly from incorporating churches. (HJ159)

Introduced By

Del. Michele McQuigg (R-Occoquan)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (second 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 right 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 makes no change in current law. Read the Bill »


04/11/2006: Passed the House


01/11/2006Presented and ordered printed 060579772
01/11/2006Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/27/2006Reported from Privileges and Elections (21-Y 0-N)
01/31/2006Taken up
01/31/2006Engrossed by House
01/31/2006Agreed to by House BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
01/31/2006VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N)
01/31/2006Communicated to Senate
02/01/2006Reading waived
02/01/2006Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/14/2006Reported from Privileges and Elections (8-Y 0-N)
02/15/2006Read second time
02/16/2006Read third time
02/16/2006Passed by for the day
02/17/2006Read third time
02/17/2006Agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/17/2006VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
04/11/2006Signed by Speaker
04/11/2006Signed by President
04/11/2006Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ159ER)
05/19/2006Assigned Chapter 945 (effective 7/1/06)
05/19/2006G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0945)