Hawaii Freedom of Religion Bill (HB 1160)
This law was last updated on Sep 29, 2016
HB 1160 would prohibit the state from burdening any person’s right to exercise religion unless the burden results from a law or rule of general applicability and the burden to the person’s exercise of religion is essential to further a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.
The amendment states that a person whose right to exercise religion has been burdened in violation of the amendment may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial, administrative, or other proceeding and obtain appropriate relief against a government.
The amendment does not allow religious freedom to be raised as a defense in lawsuits between private citizens and therefore tracks the federal RFRA.