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3/7/2012 5:33:25 PM
Mike Donnelly, HSLDA
Calls Needed to Support Religious Freedom Restoration Act!

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Calls Needed to Support Religious Freedom Restoration Act!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Senate Judiciary Committee has created a concurrent resolution,
which would keep HB 2567, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, alive
so that it can be assigned to a study committee over the summer. In
order for the bill to be assigned to a study committee, the Rules
Committee must place the new resolution (HCR 2657) on the "regular
calendar" so that the full Senate will have the opportunity to vote on
it. The Rules Committee will decide whether to place the resolution on
the calendar tomorrow morning March 8. Please take immediate action to
help advance religious freedom.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact members of the Senate Rules Committee and ask them to
place HCR 2567, The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, on the regular
calendar so that it can be voted on by the full Senate. You can use
the following message in your own words:

"Please place HCR 2657 on the regular calendar, so that the full
Senate can vote on it. HCR 2657 will allow the Religious Freedom
Restoration Act (RFRA) to be studied over the summer. RFRA received
overwhelming support in the House, and it is necessary to adequately
protect religious freedom in West Virginia."

Contact information for members of the Senate Rules Committee is
below:

President Jeffrey Kessler
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7801
Business Phone: (304) 845-2580
E-mail: jeff.kessler@wvsenate.gov

Senator D. Richard Browning
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7807
Business Phone: (304) 732-6707
E-mail: richard.browning@wvsenate.gov

Senator Joseph Minard
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7904
Business Phone: (304) 623-1711
E-mail: joe.minard@wvsenate.gov

Senator Corey Palumbo
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7880
Business Phone: (304) 347-1781
E-mail: corey.palumbo@wvsenate.gov

Senator Robert Plymale
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7937
Business Phone: (304) 696-7098
E-mail: robert.plymale@wvsenate.gov

Senator Roman Prezioso
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7961
Business Phone: NA
E-mail: roman.prezioso@wvsenate.gov

Senator Herb Snyder
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7957
Business Phone: (304) 725-6174
E-mail: herb.snyder@wvsenate.gov

Senator Ron Stollings
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7939
Business Phone: (304) 369-5170
E-mail: ron.stollings@frontier.com

Senator John Unger II
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7933
Business Phone: (304) 357-7933
E-mail: john.unger@wvsenate.gov

Senator Donna Boley
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7905
Business Phone: (304) 684-3266
E-mail: donnaboley@suddenlink.net

Senator Mike Hall
Capitol Phone: (304) 357-7901
Business Phone: (304) 549-8126
E-mail: mike.hall@wvsenate.gov

BACKGROUND

On June 25, 1997, by a 6-3 majority, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in
The City of Boerne v. Flores that the 1993 federal Religious Freedom
Restoration Act (RFRA) was unconstitutional. By doing this, the Court
gave the lowest level of protection to religious liberty. Under this
minimal standard, the state can override a citizen's right to freely
exercise his or her religious beliefs by simply proving that its
regulation is "reasonable." Since nearly all state regulations can be
determined to be "reasonable," religious freedom is exceedingly
limited.

If passed, the West Virginia RFRA would restore the high standard of
protection for religious liberty previously guaranteed in the federal
RFRA and earlier Supreme Court decisions.

For additional information, visit our issues library at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13985

Thank you for your effort to advance freedom in West Virginia!

We greatly value you and your support--it is a privilege to serve you!
If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you consider
taking a moment today to join or recommend us and support our work
defending individual families threatened by government officials and
protecting homeschooling freedom for all? Join now:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13986


Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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