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2014 House Bill 5958: Enact a “religious freedom restoration act”
Introduced by Rep. James "Jase" Bolger (R) on November 13, 2014
To establish that the state or a local government “shall not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability,” unless this is done “in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest” and uses “the least restrictive means” to further that interest.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on November 13, 2014
Reported in the House on December 4, 2014
Without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on December 4, 2014
To insert language that nothing in the bill should be construed to "permit a religious belief otherwise protected by this act to avoid accountability for an act that violates" the state civil rights law.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on December 4, 2014
To insert language that "nothing in this act protects a religious practice that subjects a child to physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, including, but not limited to, genital mutilation, molestation, and incest".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D) on December 4, 2014
To insert language that "nothing in this act prohibits state departments or their contractors from establishing policies for the purposes of cost savings or for the safety and protection of employees or residents of state-run or state-contracted residential or penal facilities".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Paul D. Clemente (D) on December 4, 2014
To insert language establishing that the bill does "not establish or eliminate a claim or defense in a judicial or administrative proceeding involving a claim of discrimination prohibited under state or local law or policy".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Paul D. Clemente (D) on December 4, 2014
To insert language that to exercise the bill's proposed defense against a government imposing a "substantial burden" on a person's religious belief, an individual would demonstrate "the sincerity of the religious belief by tithing or service in support of the religion".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D) on December 4, 2014
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D) on December 4, 2014
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Kevin Cotter (R) on December 4, 2014
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Bill LaVoy (D) on December 4, 2014
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2014
Received in the Senate on December 10, 2014
Referred to the Senate on December 10, 2014

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