S.578 - Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993103rd Congress (1993-1994)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Kennedy, Edward M. [D-MA] (Introduced 03/11/1993)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Committee Reports:||S.Rept 103-111 Part 1|
|Latest Action:||10/27/1993 Indefinitely postponed by Senate by Unanimous Consent. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.578 — 103rd Congress (1993-1994)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Indefinitely postponed in Senate (10/27/1993)
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.