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  •  Here's the complete section (9+ / 0-)
    Va. Const. Art. IV, § 16  (2011)

    § 16.  Appropriations to religious or charitable bodies

       The General Assembly shall not make any appropriation of public funds, personal property, or real estate to any church or sectarian society, or any association or institution of any kind whatever which is entirely or partly, directly or indirectly, controlled by any church or sectarian society. Nor shall the General Assembly make any like appropriation to any charitable institution which is not owned or controlled by the Commonwealth; the General Assembly may, however, make appropriations to nonsectarian institutions for the reform of youthful criminals and may also authorize counties, cities, or towns to make such appropriations to any charitable institution or association.

    It would seem that this provision was intended to prevent funding of religious institutions. All the Lexis annotations to this section refer to cases dealing with that religious aspect, and a quick Lexis search for this issue didn't really yield any results. It looks like the VA Supreme Court hasn't had to address this issue yet. Maybe this case will finally make them take a look at it.

    Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar. -Antonio Machado

    by McMeier on Fri Apr 15, 2011 at 03:47:18 PM PDT

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