Washington Religious Freedom Restoration Act (HB 1217)
This law was last updated on Aug 27, 2018
HB 1217 would prohibit the state from burdening a person’s right to the exercise of religion or freedom of conscience, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless it 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 or freedom of conscience has been burdened or is likely to be burdened may assert the violation as a claim or defense in a judicial or administrative proceeding, regardless of whether the state or any other governmental entity is a party to the proceeding.
The language of the bill would allow religious freedom to be raised as a defense in lawsuits between private citizens and therefore does not track the federal RFRA.