2015 State RFRA Bill Tracker Archive

2015 State RFRA Bill Tracker Archive

Written by Don Byrd Note: This page┬áis now an archive of the 2015 developments in state RFRA legislation. For information about current state RFRA legislation around the country, see the BJC’s┬áregularly updated State RFRA Tracker. (Please update your bookmarks...
Rhode Island Governor Vetoes “Choose Life” License Plate

Rhode Island Governor Vetoes “Choose Life” License Plate

Written by Don Byrd Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee concluded a specialty license plate that would have raised money for a religious organization is an improper use of state funds. He vetoed a “Choose Life” plate earlier approved by the state...
50 Years Later, Courage Like Schempp’s Still Needed

50 Years Later, Courage Like Schempp’s Still Needed

Written by Don Byrd Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Abington v. Schempp, in which the practice of required Bible readings to begin the public school day was ruled unconstitutional. Then-16-year-old Ellery Schempp...