Prayer at public events; governmental agency to have no authority to regulate. (SB56)

Introduced By

Sen. Steve Martin (R-Chesterfield) with support from co-patrons Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton), and Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Prayer at public events. Provides that whenever an individual is requested to provide prayer, invocation, or benediction at a public event that is sanctioned by a governmental agency, such governmental agency shall have no authority to regulate how that individual refers to God in prayer or to prohibit the religious content of the individual's prayer, invocation, or benediction, provided such prayer, invocation, or benediction is not used to advance a particular religion or to disparage another faith or belief. Read the Bill »


02/15/2010: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/04/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10100562D
01/04/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/20/2010Rereferred from General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2010Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/15/2010Passed by indefinitely in Courts of Justice (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)


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