H.R.1273 - Public Expression of Religion Act of 2001107th Congress (2001-2002)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Hostettler, John N. [R-IN-8] (Introduced 03/28/2001)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||House - 04/19/2001 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution. (All Actions)|
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Introduced in House (03/28/2001)
[Congressional Bills 107th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 1273 Introduced in House (IH)] 107th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 1273 To amend the Revised Statutes of the United States to eliminate the chilling effect on the constitutionally protected expression of religion by State and local officials that results from the threat that potential litigants may seek damages and attorney's fees. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES March 28, 2001 Mr. Hostettler (for himself, Mr. Wicker, Mr. Bartlett of Maryland, Mr. Blunt, Mr. Radanovich, Mr. Peterson of Pennsylvania, Mr. Souder, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, Mr. Pickering, Mr. Doolittle, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Istook, Mr. Hefley, Mr. DeMint, Mr. Riley, Mr. Issa, Mr. Pitts, Mr. Schaffer, Mr. Hayworth, Mr. Jones of North Carolina, Mr. Terry, Mr. Akin, Mr. Hoekstra, Mr. Shows, Mr. Baker, Mr. Lewis of Kentucky, and Mr. Smith of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend the Revised Statutes of the United States to eliminate the chilling effect on the constitutionally protected expression of religion by State and local officials that results from the threat that potential litigants may seek damages and attorney's fees. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Public Expression of Religion Act of 2001''. SEC. 2. LIMITATIONS ON CERTAIN LAWSUITS AGAINST STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS. (a) Civil Action for Deprivation of Rights.--Section 1979 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (42 U.S.C. 1983) is amended-- (1) by inserting ``(a)'' before the first sentence; and (2) by adding at the end the following: ``(b) The remedies with respect to a claim under this section where the deprivation consists of a violation of a prohibition in the Constitution against the establishment of religion shall be limited to injunctive relief.''. (b) Attorneys Fees.--Section 722(b) of the Revised Statutes of the United States (42 U.S.C. 1988(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``However, no fees shall be awarded under this subsection with respect to a claim described in subsection (b) of section nineteen hundred and seventy nine.''. <all>