House Bill 2477: Religious Freedom Act

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Last Updated: July 13, 2010
House Bill 2477: Religious Freedom Act
Sponsors:
Representatives Shook and Varner
Summary:

If passed, HB 2477 would prohibit the government from substantially burdening a person's exercise of religion unless it demonstrated that such a burden is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that interest.

HSLDA's Position:

Neutral. HSLDA supports House Bill 3233: West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:

1/13/2010 (House) Introduced and referred to the Judiciary Committee
This bill did not pass.

Background:

On June 25, 1997, by a 6-3 majority, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in The City of Boerne v. Flores that the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was unconstitutional. By doing this, the Court gave the lowest level of protection to religious liberty. Under this minimal standard, the state can override a citizen’s right to freely exercise his or her religious beliefs by simply proving that its regulation is “reasonable.” Since nearly all state regulations can be determined to be “reasonable,” religious freedom is exceedingly limited.

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