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H.J.Res. 186 (104th): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States restoring the right of Americans to pray in public institutions, including public school graduation ceremonies and athletic events.

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Willie “Bill” Hefner

Sponsor. Representative for North Carolina's 8th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 23, 1996
Length: 2 pages
Jul 23, 1996
104th Congress (1995–1996)
Died in a previous Congress

This resolution was introduced on July 23, 1996, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.



Jul 23, 1996

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.J.Res. 186 (104th) was a joint resolution in the United States Congress.

A joint resolution is often used in the same manner as a bill. If passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and signed by the President, it becomes a law. Joint resolutions are also used to propose amendments to the Constitution.

Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number H.J.Res. 186. This is the one from the 104th Congress.

This joint resolution was introduced in the 104th Congress, which met from Jan 4, 1995 to Oct 4, 1996. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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