Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

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Good for Sam Brownback

He has reintroduced the Public Expressions of Religion Act, which would prevent plaintiffs from collecting legal fees from the defendants in the event of a successful challenge of the display of a religious symbol in certain public places. Here’s his explanation:

“The legislation I introduced today would still allow plaintiffs with legitimate claims to have their day in court. However, it would prevent local cities and towns from being coerced into settling claims out of a fear of huge monetary losses.”

As
Howard Friedman notes, the measure comfortably passed in the House in the last session. The 26 Democrats who supported the measure were largely, but not exclusively, from the South. At the same time, I think it’s unlikely that John Conyers’ Judiciary Committee will report it out.

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Good legislation, dead on arrival in this Democratic Congress. Brownback is certainly right to introduce it -- but only if he follows up with strong, repeated, memorable denunciations of the Democrats for killing it. We’ll see.

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