S. 578 (103rd): Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993


Mar 11, 1993
103rd Congress, 1993–1994

Enacted as H.R. 1308 (companion bill)

Edward “Ted” Kennedy

Senator from Massachusetts



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Last Updated: Jul 27, 1993
Length: 7 pages

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H.R. 1308 (same title)
Enacted — Signed by the President — Nov 16, 1993

About the bill

Full Title

A bill to protect the free exercise of religion.

Summary (CRS)

Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 - Prohibits any agency, department, or official of the United States or any State (the government) from substantially burdening a person's exercise of religion ... Read more >

The bill’s title was written by its sponsor.


Mar 11, 1993

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May 6, 1993
Reported by Committee

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This is a Senate bill in the United States Congress (indicated by the “S.” in “S. 578”). A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.


60 cosponsors (37D, 23R) (show)
Committee Assignments

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Related Bills

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S. 2969 (102nd) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jul 2, 1992

H.R. 1308 (identical)

Enacted — Signed by the President
Nov 16, 1993

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