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

Mar 11, 1993 (103rd Congress, 1993–1994)
Died (Reported by Committee) in a previous session of Congress
See Instead:

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

This bill was introduced on May 6, 1993, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Mar 11, 1993
Reported by Committee
May 06, 1993
Edward “Ted” Kennedy
Senator from Massachusetts
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Last Updated
Jul 27, 1993
7 pages
Related Bills
S. 2969 (102nd) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jul 02, 1992

H.R. 1308 (identical)

Signed by the President
Nov 16, 1993

Full Title

A bill to protect the free exercise of religion.


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

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10/27/1993--Indefinitely postponed in Senate.
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 even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, except that the government may burden a person's exercise of religion only if it demonstrates that application of the burden to the person:
(1) furthers a compelling governmental interest; and
(2) is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.
Sets forth provisions pertaining to judicial relief, attorney's fees, and applicability.
Declares that:
(1) nothing in this Act shall be construed to interpret the clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution prohibiting the establishment of religion;
(2) the granting of government funding, benefits, or exemptions, to the extent permissible under that clause, shall not constitute a violation of this Act; and
(3) as used in this Act, "granting" does not include the denial of government funding, benefits, or exemptions.

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