Sarasota, FL

AU learned that several invocations delivered at meetings for the Sarasota County Board of Commissioners were Christian. AU wrote a letter to the Board, reminding commissioners that sectarian legislative prayers are constitutionally impermissible, and that the Board is obligated to take steps to ensure that future invocations are nonsectarian. A commissioner thanked AU for the letter and stated that the Board has tried to ensure that all prayers are nonsectarian and is committed to preventing sectarian prayers from recurring in the future.