SB 181

Session
Regular Session 2018
Title
Religious freedom provided for, right to worship, display of Ten Commandments on state property and at public schools, authorized, const. amend.
Description

Section 3 of Article I of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 3 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of 1901, as amended, contains various provisions relating to religious freedom. This section does not include any provision concerning the display of the Ten Commandments

Section 263 of Article XIV of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 263 of Article XIV of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of 1901, as amended, prohibits public school funds being appropriated to any sectarian or denominational school

Amendment 622 to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Section 3.01 of Article I of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of 1901, as amended, the Alabama Religious Freedom Amendment, provides that freedom of religion may not be burdened by state and local law

The proposed amendment would propose a constitutional amendment which would provide that property belonging to the state may be used to display the Ten Commandments and that the right to display the Ten Commandments on property owned or administrated by a public school or public body is not restrained or abridged

The proposed amendment would also provide that every person would be at liberty to worship according to his or her own conscience; and that no person would be compelled to attend or support a place of worship or a minister

The proposed amendment would also provide that the civil and political rights, privileges, and capacities of no person may be diminished or enlarged on account of his or her religious beliefs

The proposed amendment would prohibit the expenditure of public funds in defense of the constitutionality of this amendment

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, providing for certain religious rights and liberties; authorizing the display of the Ten Commandments on state property and property owned or administrated by a public school or public body; and prohibiting the expenditure of public funds in defense of the constitutionality of this amendment.

Subjects
Constitutional Amendments
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Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, providing for certain religious rights and liberties; authorizing the display of the Ten Commandments on state property and property owned or administrated by a public school or public body; and prohibiting the expenditure of public funds in defense of the constitutionality of this amendment

Section 1

The following amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, is proposed and shall become valid as a part thereof when approved by a majority of the qualified electors voting thereon and in accordance with Sections 284, 285, and 287 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended: PROPOSED AMENDMENT Every person shall be at liberty to worship God according to the dictates of his or her own conscience. No person shall be compelled to attend, or, against his or her consent, to contribute to the erection or support of any place of religious worship, or to pay tithes, taxes, or other rates for the support of any minister of the gospel. Property SB181 belonging to the state may be used to display the Ten Commandments, and the right of a public school and public body to display the Ten Commandments on property owned or administrated by a public school or public body in this state is not restrained or abridged. The civil and political rights, privileges, and capacities of no person shall be diminished or enlarged on account of his or her religious belief. No public funds may be expended in defense of the constitutionality of this amendment. The Ten Commandments shall be displayed in a manner that complies with constitutional requirements, including, but not limited to, being intermingled with historical or educational items, or both, in a larger display within or on property owned or administrated by a public school or public body.

Section 2

An election upon the proposed amendment shall be held in accordance with Sections 284 and 285 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, now appearing as Sections 284 and 285 of the Official Recompilation of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended, and the election laws of this state.

Section 3

The appropriate election official shall assign a ballot number for the proposed constitutional amendment on the election ballot and shall set forth the SB181 following description of the substance or subject matter of the proposed constitutional amendment: "Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, providing for certain religious rights and liberties; authorizing the display of the Ten Commandments on state property and property owned or administrated by a public school or public body; and prohibiting the expenditure of public funds in defense of the constitutionality of this amendment. "Proposed by Act ________." This description shall be followed by the following language: "Yes ( ) No ( )." SB181 President and Presiding Officer of the Senate Speaker of the House of Representatives SB181 Senate 27-FEB-18 I hereby certify that the within Act originated in and passed the Senate. Patrick Harris, Secretary. House of Representatives Passed: 22-MAR-18 By: Senator Dial

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Action Date Chamber Action
March 27, 2018SAssigned Act No. 2018-389.
March 27, 2018HSignature Requested
March 27, 2018SEnrolled
March 27, 2018SPassed Second House
March 22, 2018HMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 1015
March 22, 2018HThird Reading Passed
March 8, 2018HRead for the second time and placed on the calendar
March 1, 2018HRead for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on State Government
February 27, 2018SMotion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted Roll Call 524
February 27, 2018SDial motion to Table adopted Voice Vote
February 27, 2018SConstitution, Ethics and Elections Amendment Offered
February 27, 2018SThird Reading Passed
February 8, 2018SRead for the second time and placed on the calendar 1 amendment
January 16, 2018SRead for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Constitution, Ethics and Elections
2018-03-22
Chamber: House
Result: Passed
2018-02-27
Chamber: Senate
Result: Passed