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S. 264 (115th): The Free Speech Fairness Act

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Should churches be able to endorse candidates or political parties and retain their tax-exempt status?

Context

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During negotiations over the Republican tax reform bill of 2017, the House-passed version repealed the Johnson Amendment entirely, while the Senate bill kept it intact.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

James Lankford

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Oklahoma. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 1, 2017
Length: 3 pages
Introduced
Feb 1, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019
Status
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 1, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

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History

Feb 1, 2017
 
Introduced

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

S. 264 (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.

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