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July 9, 2009

House Bill 1598: Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Author:
Rep. Susan M. Lynn

Summary:
This bill is a companion bill to Senate Bill 1283. It would prohibit the government from substantially burdening a person’s free exercise of religion unless it demonstrated that such burden was essential to further a compelling governmental interest and the least restrictive means of furthering that interest.

Status:

2/18/2009(House) Filed for introduction
2/19/2009(House) Introduced
2/23/2009(House) Referred to Judiciary Committee
2/25/2009(House) Assigned to Civil Practice and Procedure Subcommittee of Judiciary Committee
2/25/2009(House) Assigned to Civil Practice and Procedure Subcommittee of Judiciary Committee
3/25/2009(House) Placed on Civil Practice and Procedure Subcommittee calendar for 3/31/2009
3/31/2009(House) Action deferred in Civil Practice and Procedure Subcommittee to 4/7/2009
4/1/2009(House) Placed on Civil Practice and Procedure Subcommittee calendar for 4/7/2009
4/7/2009(House) Action deferred in Civil Practice and Procedure Subcommittee to 4/14/2009
4/8/2009(House) Placed on Civil Practice and Procedure Subcommittee calendar for 4/14/2009
4/14/2009(House) Action deferred in Civil Practice and Procedure Subcommittee to 4/15/2009
4/15/2009(House) Action deferred in Civil Practice and Procedure Subcommittee to 4/21/2009
4/15/2009(House) Placed on Civil Practice and Procedure Subcommittee calendar for 4/21/2009
4/21/2009(House) Action deferred in Civil Practice and Procedure Subcommittee to 4/28/2009
4/22/2009(House) Placed on Civil Practice and Procedure Subcommittee calendar for 4/28/2009
4/28/2009(House) Action deferred in Civil Practice and Procedure Subcommittee to 5/5/2009
4/29/2009(House) Placed on Civil Practice and Procedure Subcommittee calendar for 5/5/2009
5/5/2009(House) Action deferred in Civil Practice and Procedure Subcommittee to 5/6/2009
5/6/2009(House) Recommended for passing if amended by subcommittee; referred to Judiciary Committee
5/6/2009(House) Placed on Judiciary Committee calendar for 5/13/2009
5/13/2009(House) Recommended for passing if amended; referred to Calendar and Rules Committee
5/22/2009(House) Placed on Calendar and Rules Committee calendar for 5/27/2009
5/27/2009(House) Placed on regular calendar for 5/28/2009
5/28/2009(House) Adopted Amendment No. 1
5/28/2009(House) Passed as amended; Yes 89, No 1, Present and not voting 1
5/28/2009(House) Engrossed; ready for transmission to Senate
6/2/2009(Senate) Received from House, passed first consideration
6/16/2009(Senate) House Bill 1598 substitutes companion Senate Bill 1283
6/16/2009(Senate) Amendment No. 2 tabled
6/16/2009(Senate) Passed; Yes 25, No 7
6/18/2009(House) Enrolled; ready for signature of speaker
6/19/2009(House) Signed by Speaker
6/19/2009(Senate) Signed by Speaker
6/19/2009(House) Transmitted to governor for his action
7/1/2009Signed by the Governor
7/7/2009Effective date 7/1/2009
7/7/2009Becomes Public Chapter 573

HSLDA’s Position:
This bill should be supported.

Action Requested:
None at this time.

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Bill History