Summary: S.994 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Public Law No: 115-249 (09/28/2018)

Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2018

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the federal criminal code to modify an existing prohibition on intentionally obstructing, by force or threat of force, a person in the free exercise of religious beliefs.

The bill specifies that, with respect to the prohibition, a threat of force includes a threat of force against religious real property.

Additionally, it establishes a criminal penalty—a fine, a prison term of up to three years, or both—for a violation that results in damage or destruction to religious real property in an amount that exceeds $5,000.

Finally, the bill broadens the definition of "religious real property" to include real property owned or leased by a nonprofit, religiously affiliated organization.