HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 4216
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1991 Regular Session
By Representatives Franklin, Edmondson, Haugen, Ferguson, Valle, Wood and Day.
Read first time February 5, 1991. Referred to Committee on Local Government.
BE IT RESOLVED, BY THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, IN LEGISLATIVE SESSION ASSEMBLED:
THAT, At the next general election to be held in this state there shall be submitted to the qualified voters of the state for their approval and ratification, or rejection, an amendment to Article I, section 11 of the Constitution of the state of Washington to read as follows:
I, section 11. Absolute freedom of conscience in all matters of religious
sentiment, belief and worship, shall be guaranteed to every individual, and no
one shall be molested or disturbed in person or property on account of
religion; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be so
construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness or justify practices inconsistent
with the peace and safety of the state. No public money or property shall be
appropriated for or applied to any religious worship, exercise or instruction,
or the support of any religious establishment: PROVIDED, HOWEVER, That this
article shall not be so construed as to forbid the employment by the state,
its agencies, political subdivisions, or municipal corporations, of ((
chaplains for such of (( the state)) their custodial,
correctional, and mental institutions, or hospitals and other health
care facilities, including hospices, as in the discretion of the
legislature may seem justified. No religious qualification shall be required
for any public office or employment, nor shall any person be incompetent as a
witness or juror, in consequence of his opinion on matters of religion, nor be
questioned in any court of justice touching his religious belief to affect the
weight of his testimony.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the secretary of state shall cause notice of the foregoing constitutional amendment to be published at least four times during the four weeks next preceding the election in every legal newspaper in the state.