Virginia Democrats shut down bill to protect places of worship from surveillance

VPlaces of worship in Irginia may still be subject to government authority after state Democrats rejected a bill that would have provided some protection from executive orders.

Commonwealth Senate Democrats blocked the GOP-backed bill that would have provided exemptions in emergency orders issued by the governor or other government offices for places of worship, in a vote in 7 against 7 on Monday.

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“This @VADemocrats Senate vote was a slap in the face for all of us,” Del State said. Wren Williams, sponsor of the bill, in a tweet. “Why the @VADemocrats desperately want the power to overrule our churches, I don’t understand. But I do know this: our fight for religious freedom is even older than America. I will continue to fight for our freedoms – because that our freedoms are what makes America great.

If implemented, HB 775 would have allowed people to sue if they felt their “religious exercise had been burdened”.

Several public health restrictions were enacted after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic which led to the closure of places of worship across the country.

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In March 2020, then governor. Ralph Northam issued a statewide stay-at-home order prohibiting residents from leaving their homes except to get food or medical care, go to work or participate in other essential activities.

Republicans narrowly passed the bill in the Virginia House of Delegates in February by a 51-46 vote before Monday’s Senate failure.