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Missouri Bill #SJR31   View text of Bill | Go to Bill Online
Bill Name:Senate Joint Resolution SJR31
Type:Freedom of Religion
Requested Patriot Action: This bill was introduced in Missouri January 13th 2010. The bill passed all committee votes and was placed on Informal Calendar on 2/22/2010.

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Committees: 1/19/2010 Second Read and Referred S General Laws Committee S132
1/26/2010 Hearing Conducted S General Laws Committee

Voted do pass from committees
Sponsors: Sponsored by Senator:
SCOTT
Session Schedule: In Session Jan 2010 - May 30, 2010

According to Article III, Section 20 of the Missouri Constitution, the General Assembly must convene on the first Wednesday after the first Monday in January following the state general election.

The General Assembly may provide by law for the introduction of bills during the period between the first day of December and the first Wednesday after the first Monday of January.

Regular sessions continue until the legislature's adjournment at midnight on May 30.
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Date Introduced: 1/13/2010
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Status:Passed Committee. 2/22/2010 Bill Placed on Informal Calendar
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Bill History: SJR 31 Proposes a constitutional amendment reaffirming a citizen's right to free expression of religion

1/13/2010 S First Read--SJR 31-Scott
1/19/2010 Second Read and Referred S General Laws Committee S132
1/26/2010 Hearing Conducted S General Laws Committee
2/9/2010 Voted Do Pass S General Laws Committee
2/11/2010 Reported from S General Laws Committee to Floor S315
2/22/2010 Taken up for Perfection S381
2/22/2010 Bill Placed on Informal Calendar S381
3/15/2010 S Informal Calendar S Bills for Perfection--SJR 31-Scott





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State constitution: Missouri State Constitution

Article I
BILL OF RIGHTS

Section 1. That all political power is vested in and derived from the people; that all government of right originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole.

Section 2. That all constitutional government is intended to promote the general welfare of the people; that all persons have a natural right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and the enjoyment of the gains of their own industry; that all persons are created equal and are entitled to equal rights and opportunity under the law; that to give security to these things is the principal office of government, and that when government does not confer this security, it fails in its chief design.

Section 3. That the people of this state have the inherent, sole and exclusive right to regulate the internal government and police thereof, and to alter and abolish their constitution and form of government whenever they may deem it necessary to their safety and happiness, provided such change be not repugnant to the Constitution of the United States.

Section 4. That Missouri is a free and independent state, subject only to the Constitution of the United States; that all proposed amendments to the Constitution of the United States qualifying or affecting the individual liberties of the people or which in any wise may impair the right of local self-government belonging to the people of this state, should be submitted to conventions of the people.

Section 5. That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences; that no human authority can control or interfere with the rights of conscience; that no person shall, on account of his religious persuasion or belief, be rendered ineligible to any public office or trust or profit in this state, be disqualified from testifying or serving as a juror, or be molested in his person or estate; but this section shall not be construed to excuse acts of licentiousness, nor to justify practices inconsistent with the good order, peace or safety of the state, or with the rights of others.

Section 6. That no person can be compelled to erect, support or attend any place or system of worship, or to maintain or support any priest, minister, preacher or teacher of any sect, church, creed or denomination of religion; but if any person shall voluntarily make a contract for any such object, he shall be held to the performance of the same.

Section 7. That no money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect or denomination of religion, or in aid of any priest, preacher, minister or teacher thereof, as such; and that no preference shall be given to nor any discrimination made against any church, sect or creed of religion, or any form of religious faith or worship.

Section 8. That no law shall be passed impairing the freedom of speech, no matter by what means communicated: that every person shall be free to say, write or publish, or otherwise communicate whatever he will on any subject, being responsible for all abuses of that liberty; and that in all suits and prosecutions for libel or slander the truth thereof may be given in evidence; and in suits and prosecutions for libel the jury, under the direction of the court, shall determine the law and the facts.

Section 9. That the people have the right peaceably to assemble for their common good, and to apply to those invested with the powers of government for redress of grievances by petition or remonstrance.

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