S.994 - Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2018115th Congress (2017-2018)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] (Introduced 05/01/2017)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Committee Reports:||S. Rept. 115-325|
|Latest Action:||09/28/2018 Became Public Law No: 115-249. (TXT | PDF) (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.994 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
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.