Summary of the Introduced Bill

HJR 19 -- Religious Freedom in Public Places

Sponsor:  Bearden

Upon voter approval, this proposed constitutional amendment
guarantees a citizen's First Amendment right to pray and worship
in all public areas including schools as long as the activities
are voluntary and subject to the same rules and regulations that
apply to all other types of speech.

The amendment also reaffirms a citizen's right to choose any
religion or no religion at all by prohibiting both the
establishment of an official state religion and any state
coercion or endorsement of religion through practices as
composing official state prayers.

Public schools receiving state funds are required to display the
text of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United
States in a conspicuous and legible manner.

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Missouri House of Representatives
94th General Assembly, 1st Regular Session
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