Committee kills “religious liberty” proposal

Senate Joint Resolution 39, a controversial “religious liberty” proposal, was defeated during a committee vote on Wednesday afternoon in the Missouri Capitol.

The House Committee on Emerging Issues voted 6-6. Without a clear majority, the committee cannot recommend SJR 39 as “do pass.”

However, the resolution could still potentially make its way to the House floor through one of two methods. Either a committee member could change his or her opinion and ask for another vote, or 82 members of the full House – a majority – could vote to take up the resolution without the committee’s recommendation.

Despite these possible alternatives, even the resolution’s sponsor has admitted that SJR 39 is unlikely to be passed by the House.

Read the Missourian’s coverage of the committee meeting here.

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Author: Zachary Reger

A graduate of the University of Missouri with degrees in journalism, philosophy and film studies, Zach's primary interests lie in political reporting, media production and social philosophy.

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