Resources on Public Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 24, 2019—Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, welcomed important religious liberty and pro-life reforms proposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to Obama-era regulations issued... Continue...

On April 2, the House Judiciary Committee held its first hearing for H.R. 5, the Equality Act. This legislation would reopen the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to redefine “sex” to include “sexual orientation and gender identity” as a federally... Continue...

Matthew J. Franck is the Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution. He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Radford University, where he taught constitutional law, American politics, and political philosophy... Continue...

In the final days of the 115th Congress, a significant and bipartisan federal criminal justice reform bill was signed into law at the White House. The First Step Act, which sought both prison and sentencing reforms, enjoyed overwhelming votes in... Continue...

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 16, 2019—The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention has announced its 2019 Legislative Agenda, highlighting various legislative and policy initiatives the organization plans to engage this year as well as highlighting bipartisan victories in 2018. ... Continue...

The ERLC publishes a legislative agenda at the beginning of each year to outline the issues and policies we will focus on in our work in Washington, D.C. to serve Southern Baptists and advance the common good. The ERLC policy... Continue...

The first session of the 116th Congress is underway. The midterm elections in 2018 resulted in the Democratic Party taking control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2010. The 116th Congress commenced in the middle of... Continue...

With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 390, the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018, sending the legislation to the White House. Continue...

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 13, 2018—The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention delivered a coalition letter to members of the U.S. Congress today calling for the repeal of a new tax on churches and nonprofits, which will... Continue...

The nation’s eyes are on Congress one week away from the November 2018 elections, but the most consequential changes to public policy which affects your daily life happen on your state and local ballots. For one of those ballot initiatives,... Continue...