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FEMA Rejects Supporting Houston Churches After Harvey

Three Houston churches that provided humanitarian aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey have sued the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after the agency denied them relief funding because they spent more than half of their space on “religious programming.”

President Trump tweeted in support of these churches, “Churches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey (just like others).” Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) chimed in with a letter to FEMA concerning the policy stating, “[I]t is unconstitutional. It is unreasonable. And it is impeding ongoing recovery efforts.”

According to USA Today, at least 75 percent of humanitarian relief is driven by faith-based organizations, so what would happen if the government no longer partnered with “religious” institutions in the wake of a natural disaster? It is likely that it would result in greater government spending, a slower recovery, and many folks not being helped in their time of need.

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California Churches Still Forced to Pay for Abortions

It is ironic that California state law lets churches that provide healthcare insurance for their employees opt out of providing contraceptives but doesn’t allow churches to opt out of elective abortions. In fact, the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) claims that elective abortions are “basic health care services,” which is defined in California law as “medically necessary.”

Backed by the legal power of Alliance Defending Freedom, three California churches brought a lawsuit challenging the requirement. However, a federal court recently dismissed the case. Alliance Defending Freedom will continue to fight on behalf of these churches and others concerning this important issue.

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Political Involvement of Churches (SB 403 / HB 609)

BILL SUMMARY

Exempts churches and religious organizations from the requirements applicable to Political Action Committees (PACs) when spending funds in favor or opposition to ballot measures related to morality, such as alcohol, drugs, abortion, marriage, or gambling.

BILL ANALYSIS

Important bill to preserve the ability of a church to inform its community about issues related to biblical teaching without having to worry about being fined for violation of the state’s campaign finance laws.

BILL SPONSORS

Gresham in the Senate, Gant in the House

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Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

BILL STATUS

No action taken in the House or Senate.