About the bill
Should churches be able to endorse candidates or political parties and retain their tax-exempt status?
Since 1954, churches and other religious or nonprofit organizations have been banned from endorsing political candidates or parties from the pulpit, or else they are supposed to lose their tax-exempt status. It’s called the Johnson Amendment.
During negotiations over the Republican tax reform bill of 2017, the House-passed version repealed the Johnson Amendment entirely, while the Senate bill kept it intact. During the reconciliation process, in which the two distinct versions would be ...
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Louisiana's 1st congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Feb 1, 2017
Length: 3 pages
115th Congress, 2017–2019
This bill was introduced on February 1, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.
What legislators are saying
“Rep. Hice Lauds the Passage of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”
— Rep. Jody Hice [R-GA10] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 16, 2017
“Hice Praises President Trumps Executive Order on Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty”
— Rep. Jody Hice [R-GA10] (Co-sponsor) on May 4, 2017
“Hice, Scalise Introduce Legislation to Repeal Johnson Amendment”
— Rep. Jody Hice [R-GA10] (Co-sponsor) on Feb 2, 2017
Sep 28, 2016
Earlier Version — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 6195 (114th).
Feb 1, 2017
Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.
Feb 4, 2019
Reintroduced Bill — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 949.
H.R. 781 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.
This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
How to cite this information.
We recommend the following MLA-formatted citation when using the information you see here in academic work:
GovTrack.us. (2019). H.R. 781 — 115th Congress: Free Speech Fairness Act. Retrieved from https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr781
“H.R. 781 — 115th Congress: Free Speech Fairness Act.” www.GovTrack.us. 2017. October 18, 2019 <https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr781>
Free Speech Fairness Act, H.R. 781, 115th Cong. (2017).
|title=H.R. 781 (115th)
|accessdate=October 18, 2019
|author=115th Congress (2017)
|date=February 1, 2017
|quote=Free Speech Fairness Act
Where is this information from?
GovTrack automatically collects legislative information from a variety of governmental and non-governmental sources. This page is sourced primarily from Congress.gov, the official portal of the United States Congress. Congress.gov is generally updated one day after events occur, and so legislative activity shown here may be one day behind. Data via the congress project.