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RFRA Passes in Rhode Island

Author: Wren
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RFRA Intro: Since the Supreme Court struck down the Religious Freedom Restoration Act last June, many states have introduced "mini-RFRA" legislation. Most bills are still pending-ask your legislators where YOUR state RFRA is!- but some states have pushed forward and enacted their versions of RFRA, notably Connecticut, Rhode Island and Florida.

The Witches' Voice has posted the state RFRAs which are currently law and will update the list as more states pass this legislation.

If you know the current status of your state's RFRA legislation, please pass the information along to us and we will add it to this section.




42-80.1-2 Definitions As used in this chapter:

"Governmental authority" means any department, agency, commission, committee, board, council, bureau or authority or any subdivision thereof of state or municipal government.

42-80.1-3 Religious freedom protected-

(a) Except as provided for in subsection (b), a governmental authority may not restrict a person's free exercise of religion.

(b) A governmental authority may restrict a person's free exercise of religion only if (1) The restriction is in the form of a rule of general applicability, and does not intentionally discriminate against religion, or among religions; and (2) The governmental authority proves that application of the restriction to the person is essential to further a compelling governmental interest, and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.

42-80.1-4 Remedies.

In any civil action alleging a violation of this chapter, the court may: (1) Afford injunctive and declaratory relief against any governmental authority which commits a proposes to commit a violation of this chapter, and; (2) Award a prevailing plaintiff damages.

Status of other state RFRA legislation:


AUTHOR(S)-Baca (Principal Coauthor: Scott) (Coauthors: Aguiar, Baldwin, Bowler, Cunneen, Havice, Hertzberg, House, Kuykendall, Leach, McClintock, Villaraigosa, andWashington) (Coauthors: Senators Brulte, Lewis, and Watson).

TOPIC-Religious Freedom Protection Act. HOUSE LOCATION-SEN LAST AMENDED DATE-06/22/98

LAST HIST. ACT. DATE:-06/24/98 LAST HIST. ACTION-In committee: Hearing postponed by committee. COMM. LOCATION-SEN JUDICIARY HEARING DATE-06/30/98

TITLE-An act to add Section 43.2 to the Civil Code, and to add Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 6400) to Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code, relating to religious freedom.


AUTHOR(S)-Cohen (HB3051 by Burchett, DeBerry J, Wood, Halteman Harwel, Walker (Rhea).

Religion and Religious Organizations - Prohibits government from substantially burdening person's exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship. -Amends TCA Title 4.


4/13/98, 09:55 AMS - Taken off notice for calendar in S Jud Comm.

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