Va Senate committee kills police prayer bill

Posted by Colby Rogers - email

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Senate committee has killed a bill that would have allowed State Police chaplains to offer sectarian prayers at public events.

The Senate Courts of Justice Committee killed Del. Charles W. Carrico's bill on a voice vote Monday.

The committee first changed the bill to codify an administrative order that State Police chaplains must deliver non-denominational prayers at official events. Six of the agency's chaplains resigned after the order was given last year.

Carrico said he would strike the bill rather than require non-denominational prayers, which he argued was establishing a "no-God religion."

The legislation passed the House 66-30 earlier this month.

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