GASH-ROSKAM-PUGH-BIGGERT-CROSS, RONEN, WINTERS, BIGGINS,
WINKEL, TURNER,JOHN, WAIT, FEIGENHOLTZ, SCOTT, LOPEZ,
HOFFMAN, PHELPS, MULLIGAN, COULSON, SANTIAGO, NOLAND,
SKINNER, KUBIK, STEPHENS, LANG, GIGLIO, HARTKE, ERWIN,
RODRIGUEZ, KENNER, FANTIN, CURRY,JULIE, MCGUIRE,
MCAULIFFE, LYONS,EILEEN, CLAYTON, BOLAND, HOLBROOK,
DURKIN, O'BRIEN, COWLISHAW, BEAUBIEN AND BRADLEY.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Creates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Provides that
State or local government may not substantially burden a person's
exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of
general applicability, unless it demonstrates that application of the
burden to the person (i) is in furtherance of a compelling
governmental interest and (ii) is the least restrictive means of
furthering that compelling governmental interest. Provides that if a
person's exercise of religion has been burdened in violation of this
Act, that person may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a
judicial proceeding and may obtain appropriate relief against a
government; authorizes an award of attorney's fees and costs to a
FISCAL NOTE (Administrative Office of Illinois Courts)
This bill will have no fiscal impact.
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Authorizes units of local government to enact ordinances that
protect the free exercise of religion in a manner or to an extent
equal to or greater than the protection provided in the Act. Provides
that an ordinance is void and unenforceable if it (i) is in
furtherance of a less than compelling governmental interest and (ii)
is not the least restrictive means of furthering that governmental
interest. Limits concurrent exercise of home rule powers. Makes other
FISCAL NOTE, AMENDED (Administrative Office of Ill. Courts)
No change from previous note.
SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Adds July 1, 1998 effective date.
GOVERNOR'S AMENDATORY VETO MESSAGE
Recommends addition of a provision that the Act does not apply to
any person who is incarcerated in a penal institution or who is in
the custody of an employee of a penal institution.
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 90-0806
Last action date: 98-12-04
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 1 SENATE - 1
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