Thursday, February 28, 2019

Missouri Bill Would Bar Anonymous Plaintiffs In Church-State Cases

Friendly Atheist reports on an interesting bill that has been introduced in the Missouri legislature.  House Bill 728 (full text) provides:
Except if the party in interest is a minor, in any action involving the separation of church and state, such action shall be prosecuted in the name of the real party in interest.
If enacted, the bill would prevent "John Doe" or "Jane Doe" plaintiffs in Establishment Clause challenges in state courts where the plaintiff is an adult. Suits are often filed under such pseudonyms when the plaintiff fears harassment from those who disagree with his or her position. A hearing has been held in the House on the bill, but it is not yet calendared for a vote.