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Historic Day for Religious Liberty Policies in Michigan House

Michigan Catholic Conference today is applauding the Michigan House of Representatives for passing several bills that protect religious liberty rights for citizens and faith-based entities across the state. Creation of a Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act, conscience protections for faith-based child placement agencies, and school attendance records that respect religious holidays all passed the House this afternoon and now await consideration from the State Senate. “For the House of Representatives to pass out these important policies today indicates the level of respect that lawmakers have for religious liberty,” said Tom Hickson, MCC Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy. Read more…

Catholic Conference Praises Committee Adoption of Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Michigan Catholic Conference Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy Tom Hickson made the following comments this morning after the House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 5958, which would create a Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act: “The committee’s approval is a most welcome first step; it is now incumbent upon the full House to pass Speaker Bolger’s bill quickly to allow for the Senate to address this critical policy as soon as possible,” said Hickson. “A Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act is good for tolerance and diversity, it is good for individual and religious liberties, and it is for the common good of society.” Read more…

Religious Liberty Must be a Priority, Says MCC President and CEO

In order to promote religious liberty and conscience rights, and to help encourage diversity in the public square, legislation introduced today by Speaker Jase Bolger to create a state Religious Freedom Restoration Act, House Bill 5958, is needed now more than ever, said the President and CEO of the Michigan Catholic Conference. "In the name of tolerance, religious organizations and individuals are not being tolerated,” said Paul A. Long, Michigan Catholic Conference President and CEO. Read more…

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The Word from Lansing Column: Freedom of Conscience

The topic of religious freedom has been debated throughout the Lame Duck session, especially during consideration of measures that would create a state Religious Freedom Restoration Act and enact conscience protections for faith-based child placement agencies. Unfortunately, time ran out before these measures could be voted on in the Senate. MCC will continue to make them a priority in the 2015-2016 legislative session, as examples of individuals and agencies living out their beliefs in their daily work demonstrate the contributions faith makes to society, both in Michigan and around the country. This month’s The Word from Lansing addresses the value of greater protections of First Amendment freedoms. Read more…

Action Alert! Contact Your Senator Today in Support of Religious Liberty

On Thursday, December 4th, the Michigan House of Representatives passed several bills that protect the First Amendment right to religious liberty. These measures will help to ensure religious practice is not discriminated against in the public square. The legislation includes the creation of a Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the second is a package of bills that recognize the conscience rights of faith-based child placement agencies and their long-standing partnership with the State of Michigan to help vulnerable children. Please take a moment to learn more about these important bills, and contact your State Senator urging his or her support for the legislation.…

Action Alert! Help Us Support Religious Liberty

The Michigan House of Representatives is expected to address legislation soon that would create a Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Michigan Catholic Conference strongly supports this legislation as it would uphold and strengthen the right of citizens to exercise their religious beliefs in the public square - without retribution or discrimination from the state or others. The bill, House Bill 5958, is modeled after the federal RFRA bill, yet that policy does not apply to the states. While some 20 states have passed a state version of the federal law, Michigan has fallen behind in protecting First Amendment religious liberty rights. To support the Michigan RFRA, click here to email your state representative today!…

Lansing Update

Lansing Update, December 5, 2014

Historic Week for Religious Liberty Policies in Michigan House; Michigan Senate Approves Prisoner Employability Bills; Sentencing Reform Bills Passed by Michigan House; Senate Committee Adopts Nonprofit Housing Property Exemption. Read more…

Lansing Update, November 14, 2014

MCC Calls for Religious Liberty Legislation to Be Priority in Lame Duck; House Approves Nuisance Legislation Related to Human Trafficking; House Committee Passes Bill to Enact Human Trafficking Health Advisory Board; The Word from Lansing in November Addresses Lame Duck Session. Read more…

Lansing Update, November 7, 2014

6th Circuit Upholds Michigan Marriage Amendment, Reverses District Court Decision; MCC Thanks Catholics for Election Participation; Federal Legislative Race Results; State Level Executive Race Results; Michigan Legislature Chosen, Leadership Roles Decided; “Lame Duck” Session. Read more…