From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


5/30/2002 2:29:36 PM
Christopher J. Klicka, Esq., Senior Counsel of HSLDA
Missouri--RFRA Fails to Pass

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

May 30, 2002

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Thank you for all your calls on Senate Bill 958 the Religious Freedom
Restoration Act (RFRA). While your efforts had a positive impact,
the legislation did not pass this year.

The Missouri Senate recently passed S.B. 958, sending it over to the
House. The bill ended up in the House Judiciary Committee where the
chairman conducted a hearing but planned no further action. On May
10, we asked you to call the House Judiciary Committee and the House
members to encourage them to support S.B. 958.

We believe those calls helped the efforts of the pro-religious
freedom legislators to get an agreement worked out that would have
resulted in final passage of the RFRA. House Judiciary Chairman Ralph
Monaco tentatively decided to attach the Religious Freedom
Restoration Act as an amendment to his Court Procedure bill (House
Bill 1962). This bill did pass, but without our amendment. This
would have assured passage had Rep. Monaco followed through with his

Check the link below to review the reasons the Missouri Religious
Freedom Restoration Act was so crucial.

Again, thank you for all your prayers and phone calls. Let us look
to the next legislative season as an opportunity to victoriously gain
the ground we had within our grasp this year.


Chris Klicka
Senior Counsel of HSLDA

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