Good luck to Rockland County Legislator Joseph Meyers.
As my colleague Sarah Netter “reports,”:http://lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080117/NEWS03/801170425/1019/NEWS03 Meyers is asking his colleagues to call for Congress to study the local impact of the Religious Land Use Act.
The ultra-controversial federal law basically says that municipalities cannot stop religious groups from renovating or adding to their land — without a really, really good reason.
The law has been the subject of dozens of lawsuits, none of which have made it to the U.S. Supreme Court (another part of the law that deals with the religious rights of inmates has made it, but that’s another story).
Meyers wants to take a stand, as thousands of municipal officials probably do across the country.
“Land use, in our history, has always been a local matter,” he said.
Of course, Congress is well aware of the great impact that the Religious Land Use Act has had. Lobbyists on all sides have been hard at work defending and opposing the law (which was passed under President Clinton).
The law’s future will ultimately be decided in the courts, it seems.