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Calls Needed to Support Religious Freedom Restoration Act!

Homeschooling in West Virginia

Act now in support of religious liberty.


Mike Donnelly has defended homeschool liberty for many years. He and his wife homeschool in the Mountain State. Read more >>

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.
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 >>
Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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