HB 1 Religious freedom preserved.
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Summary as introduced:
Religious and charitable matters; religious freedom preserved. Provides that no government entity shall substantially burden a person's free exercise of religion except if (i) the government entity proves that application of the restriction to the person is essential to further a compelling governmental interest and (ii) the proposed action is the least restrictive means of furthering that interest. "Government entity" as defined under the bill includes state and local governments and those officials acting under color of state law. The bill provides that a person whose exercise of religious freedom has been burdened may assert a claim of violation in a judicial proceeding and the court may grant appropriate relief, including attorney's fees.

Full text:
01/14/98  House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 11/15/97 981451351  pdf
02/12/98  House: Committee substitute printed 981592351-H1  pdf
02/05/99  House: Introduced bill reprinted 981451351  pdf

House amendments

01/14/98  House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 11/15/97 981451351
01/14/98  House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/22/98  House: Assigned to General Laws sub-committee: 6
02/12/98  House: Reported from General Laws with sub. (24-Y 2-N)
02/12/98  House: Committee substitute printed 981592351-H1
02/12/98  House: Read first time
02/13/98  House: Passed by for the day
02/14/98  House: Read second time
02/14/98  House: Pending question ordered
02/14/98  House: Committee substitute rejected 981592351-H1
02/14/98  House: Motion for pending question agreed to
02/14/98  House: Pending question ordered
02/14/98  House: Rereferred to General Laws
02/15/98  House: Continued to 1999 in General Laws (26-Y 0-N)
12/15/98  House: Reported from General Laws (22-Y 0-N)
12/15/98  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/99  House: Assigned to C. J. sub-committee: 2
02/05/99  House: Introduced bill reprinted 981451351
02/05/99  House: Reported from Courts of Justice (13-Y 11-N)
02/06/99  House: Read first time
02/07/99  House: Passed by for the day
02/08/99  House: Read second time
02/08/99  House: Amendments by Mr. McEachin agreed to
02/08/99  House: Amendment by Mr. Crowshaw agreed to
02/08/99  House: Amendment by Mr. Armstrong withdrawn
02/08/99  House: No action taken on Mr. Hull floor amendment
02/08/99  House: Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
02/08/99  House: Rereferred to Courts of Justice
02/12/99  House: No action taken by Courts of Justice by voice vote