(Fwd from Marci Hamilton) re: Hearings on RLPA
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Mon Oct 4 10:45:13 PDT 1999
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> Subject: Hearings on RLPA
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> Bill Funk is curious about the hearings on RLPA before the Senate
> Committee. RLPA employs RFRA's strict scrutiny (incl. least restrictive
> means) under the Commerce and Spending Clauses and under Section 5 in a
> provision aimed at local land use laws. As usual, Sen. Hatch stacked the
> hearings with those sympathetic to the RLPA formulation. Prof. Laycock,
> along with other members of the Coalition for the Free Exercise of
> told the Committee RLPA has no constitutional problems. Chai Feldblum did
> testify that it was troubling vis-a-vis antidiscrimination laws and may
> be constitutional under its commerce and spending powers. But she, along
> with the rest of the panel, was sanguine about the land-use-only Sec. 3 of
> the bill. When Sen. Specter insisted that I testify, Sen. Hatch's
> was that I was "opposed to the bill and too effective." If you're
> in an analysis of RLPA's constitutional defects, Sen. Leahy introduced my
> testimony into the record.
> Now that a number of the liberal, or moderate, members of the Coalition
> withdrawn support, the bill is unlikely to go anywhere as it now stands.
> There is talk, though, about the possibility of a land-use-only bill.
> portion of the bill suffers from RFRA's problems, i.e., a lack of evidence
> (other than isolated anecdotes) of widespread unconstitutional conduct by
> land use authorities. Under Boerne and the 11th Am. cases last spring
> clarifying Boerne, the evidence is not adequate.
> Marci A. Hamilton
> Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law
> Emory University School of Law
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