Prefiling of bills for the 2021 session of the Missouri General Assembly started on December 1st.
A bill, HB 61, introduced by Representative Adam Schnelting (r):
Establishes the “Missouri Religious Liberty Act”
Sponsor: Schnelting, Adam (104)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2021
LR Number: 0887H.02I
Last Action: 12/01/2020 – Prefiled (H)
Bill String: HB 61
Next House Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar
The bill text:
HOUSE BILL NO. 61 [pdf]
101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BYREPRESENTATIVE SCHNELTING.
0887H.02I DANA RADEMAN MILLER, Chief Clerk
To amend chapter 1, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to the Missouri religious
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapter 1, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 1.810, to read as follows:
1.810. 1. This section shall be known and may be cited as the “Missouri Religious Liberty Act”.
2. During states of emergency declared under the provisions of chapter 44 or orders made with the powers granted under section 192.020, neither the state nor any of its political subdivisions shall impose restrictions upon religious houses of worship with the intent to make, or the effect of making, religious services impractical. Emergency declarations and orders shall not prohibit religious services that are held on private property.
3. The provisions of subsection 2 of this section shall not apply to emergency evacuation orders involving imminent danger from flooding, fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, terrorist threats, civil unrest, or hazardous material incidents that apply generally to the area where the religious house of worship or the residences of its members are located. Once the imminent danger has passed, religious services shall be allowed to resume.
Those religious houses of worship shall not be prohibited from resuming services once removed from the imminent danger.
Representative Adam Schnelting, a Republican, represents St. Charles County (District 104) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2018.
In addition to his duties as a legislator, Schnelting is a Realtor, a licensed minister and former pastor. He currently serves in the Missouri Army National Guard. Additionally, Schnelting has owned his own small business.
Schnelting is a former member of the Missouri State Defense Force and State Guard Association of the United States and is also actively involved with the National Rifle Association, Missouri Right to Life, American Center for Law and Justice and the Missouri Society for Military History.
Schnelting, whose family came to America in 1628, is a 7th generation Missourian and a member of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Schnelting attended State Fair Community College, Oklahoma Wesleyan University and Rhema Bible College. He obtained his degree in Christian Ministry from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and also has a degree in Political Science. [….]
Interestingly, some families came to America in 1619.