SJR 47 Removes a portion of the Missouri Constitution that prohibits distribution of public funds to religious organizations
Sponsor: Rupp
LR Number: 5430S.02C Fiscal Note available
Committee: General Laws
Last Action: 5/18/2012 - S Informal Calendar S Bills for Perfection--SJR 47-Rupp, with SCS Journal Page:
Title: SCS SJR 47 Calendar Position:
Effective Date: Upon voter approval

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SCS/SJR 47 – This proposed constitutional amendment, if approved by voters, would modify Article IX, Section 8, commonly referred to as the "Blaine Amendment" by removing the prohibition on the distribution of public moneys to religious organizations. Instead, it provides that nothing will prohibit the enactment of legislation pertaining to any education program, funding, or other support to benefit children attending any Missouri public or nonpublic elementary or secondary school, so long as the legislation complies with the requirements of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

MICHAEL RUFF