Constitutional amendment; religious freedom (first reference). (HJ724)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first resolution); religious freedom. Amends the current religious freedom provisions of the Constitution of Virginia to "secure further the people's right to acknowledge God;" to permit prayer and the recognition of "religious beliefs, heritage, and traditions on public property, including public schools." The current constitutional provision parallels the federal free exercise and establishment clauses of the U.S. Constitution and provides for the free exercise of religion "according to the dictates of conscience" and prohibits the General Assembly from compelling persons to participate in religious activity. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 078092264
01/10/2007Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/18/2007Assigned P & E sub: #1 (Marshall, R.G.)
02/06/2007Left in Privileges and Elections


Waldo Jaquith writes:

Yeah, what did that dumb ol' Thomas Jefferson know when he wrote that musty old religious freedom statute in the first place?