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S. 822 (97th): Religious Freedom Protection Act

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A bill to amend title 18 of the United States Code to make it a Federal crime to vandalize a house of worship or any other religious property.

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Sponsor and status

Mar 27, 1981
97th Congress (1981–1982)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 27, 1981, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


Harrison Williams Jr.

Senator for New Jersey



1 Cosponsor (1 Republican)



Mar 27, 1981

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S. 822 (97th) 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.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 822. This is the one from the 97th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 97th Congress, which met from Jan 5, 1981 to Dec 23, 1982. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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