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HB16-1180: Free Exercise Of Religion

Freedom of Expression & Religion
Bill Number: HB16-1180
Year: 2016
ACLU Position: Oppose
Sponsors: S. Humphrey / T. Neville


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.

Current Status:

House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/16/2016)

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