HB17-1013

HB17-1013 - Free Exercise Of Religion

Postponed Indefinitely
Concerning a person's free exercise of religion.

The bill:

 

  • Specifies that no state action may burden a person's exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless it is demonstrated that applying the burden to a person's exercise of religion is essential to further a compelling governmental interest and the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest;
  • Defines 'exercise of religion' as the practice or observance of religion. The bill specifies that exercise of religion includes the ability to act or refuse to act in a manner substantially motivated by a person's sincerely held religious beliefs, whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief; except that it does not include the ability to act or refuse to act based on race or ethnicity.
  • Provides a claim or defense to a person whose exercise of religion is burdened by state action; and
  • Specifies that nothing in the bill creates any rights by an employee against an employer unless the employer is a government employer.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

     

Latest update: January 25, 2017
01/25/2017 - House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
01/11/2017 - Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs