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Senate committee votes to lift ban on religious spending



Voters could be asked in November if they want less separation of church and state in the Florida Constitution.

The Florida Senate’s Education PreK-12 Committee approved a proposed constitutional amendment that seeks to strike a ban on using public money on religious institutions Tuesday.


The controversial bill was left for the end of the busy meeting, leaving fewer than 10 minutes for debate.


The measure would strike language from the constitution that reads, “No revenue of the state or any political subdivision or agency thereof shall ever be taken from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination.”


It also seeks to add new constitutional language:  “An individual may not be barred from participating in any public program because that individual has freely chosen to use his or her program benefits at a religious provider.”


"This will improve the qualify of life for Floridians dramatically," said sponsor Sen. Thad Altman.




[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:26am]


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