Indiana Bill Regarding Fundamental Rights (SB 66)
This law was last updated on Dec 12, 2016
SB 66 would repeal the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act and replace it with new protections for fundamental rights.
The bill defines “fundamental rights” to mean the following constitutional rights that are to be “treated with the greatest deference” by the government:
- The right to worship;
- The right to free exercise and enjoyment of religious opinions and the right of conscience;
- The right to freedom of religion;
- The right to freedom of thought and speech;
- The right of assemblage and petition; and
- The right to bear arms.
The bill would prohibit the government from substantially burdening a person’s fundamental right unless the governmental entity demonstrates that the application of the burden to the person is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.