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HB109 Christensen

HB109 Christensen

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LEGISLATIVE GENERAL COUNSEL
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Approved for Filing: G.C. Lee
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02-02-11 2:20 PM
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H.B. 109
*HB0109*
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RELIGIOUS LIBERTY RECOGNITION
22011 GENERAL SESSION3STATE OF UTAH4
Chief Sponsor: LaVar Christensen
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Senate Sponsor: ____________
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LONG TITLE
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General Description:
9This bill reinforces the religious liberty protections afforded by the United States and10Utah constitutions.11
Highlighted Provisions:
12This bill:13
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defines terms;14
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prohibits the state and political subdivisions of the state from taking certain actions15that would burden a person's free exercise of religion unless certain conditions exist;16and17
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provides judicial relief and attorney fees.18
Money Appropriated in this Bill:
19None20
Other Special Clauses:
21None22
Utah Code Sections Affected:
23ENACTS:24
63G-12-101
, Utah Code Annotated 195325
63G-12-102
, Utah Code Annotated 195326
63G-12-103
, Utah Code Annotated 195327
63G-12-104
, Utah Code Annotated 1953
 
H.B. 10902-02-11 2:20 PM
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63G-12-105
, Utah Code Annotated 195329
63G-12-106
, Utah Code Annotated 19533031
 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
32Section 1. Section
63G-12-101
is enacted to read:33
CHAPTER 12. RELIGIOUS LIBERTY RECOGNITION AND PROTECTION ACT
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63G-12-101.
 
Title.
35This chapter is known as the "Religious Liberty Recognition and Protection Act."36Section 2. Section
63G-12-102
is enacted to read:37
63G-12-102.
 
Definitions.
38As used in this chapter:39(1) "Civil capacities" means the natural, constitutional, and statutory rights and40freedoms of persons and the lawful activities and exercise of those rights and freedoms in41relation to others.42(2) "Goods" means property or economic interests and activities.43(3) "Religious liberty" means the free exercise of religion and freedom of conscience,44including acts or refusals to act that are substantially motivated by sincerely held religious45principles and beliefs.46Section 3. Section
63G-12-103
is enacted to read:47
63G-12-103.
 
Prohibitions on state and local governments.
48Except in the most limited instances when strictly necessary to avoid the gravest abuse49of a constitutional right and more paramount public interest and subject to the provisions of 50Section 63G-12-104, the state or a political subdivision of the state may not:51(1) infringe or substantially burden a person's religious liberty, including compel,52restrain, or burden a person in their goods and civil capacities; or53(2) restrict or deny freedom of religious speech and the free expression of religious and54moral beliefs in public.55Section 4. Section
63G-12-104
is enacted to read:56
63G-12-104.
 
Compelling state interest.
57(1) Religious liberty is substantially burdened when a person is coerced or required to58act or significantly modify behavior contrary to sincerely held religious beliefs and principles

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