Religious Freedom Act Passes the House, Headed to the Senate

The Religious Freedom Act (HB 279) passed the House this morning and is now headed to the Senate.

If it passes the Senate, the act will restore the “compelling interest/least restrictive means” as a legal test the government must pass before restricting religious freedom, bringing Kentucky in line with federal judicial standards.

Currently, Kentucky courts can choose to decide religious freedom using the “rational basis,” which means the government simply has to have a reason to restrict religious freedom.

The “compelling interest/least restrictive means” test would mean the government would have to have a compelling interest to restrict religious freedom, and then could only use the least restrictive means to limit freedom.

What can you do to help the Religious Freedom Act pass?  Call the Legislative Message line today at (800) 372-7181 and ask the operator to pass this message to your senator and senate leadership:

“Pass the Religious Freedom Act (HB 279).”

The message line is open from 7 a.m. EST until 11:00 p.m. EST on Monday through Thursday, and from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Fridays.

Next week is the last full week of the session, so act now!

 

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