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Iowa Bill Preserving Religious Freedom (HF 2032)

This law was last updated on Sep 12, 2016


State

Iowa

Number

HF 2032

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Jan 13, 2016

Topics

LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

www.legis.iowa.gov

HF 2032 would prohibit a government entity from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a law of general applicability.

The bill states that a government entity shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion unless the government entity demonstrates that application of the burden to the person is essential to further a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.

A person whose exercise of religion has been burdened by a government entity in violation of this provision may assert that violation as a claim or defense in any judicial or administrative proceeding and may obtain such declaratory relief or monetary damages as may properly be awarded by a court of competent jurisdiction.

The law does not allow religious freedom to be raised as a defense in lawsuits between private citizens and therefore tracks the federal RFRA.

STATUS

Similar to HF 2200 and SF 2171.


People

Primary Sponsor