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Iowa Conscience Protection Act (HF 2200)

This law was last updated on Oct 12, 2016




HF 2200


Failed to Pass


Feb 8, 2016


Primary Sponsors: 9
Total Sponsors: 9


Conscience and Refusal Clauses, LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

HF 2200 would prohibit state action from burdening a person’s free exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a law, ordinance, rule, regulation, resolution, or policy of general applicability, unless it is demonstrated that applying the burden to the person’s exercise of religion is essential to further a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that interest.

A person whose exercise of religion has been burdened or is likely to be burdened in violation of this provision may assert such violation or impending violation as a claim or defense in a judicial, administrative, or other proceeding, regardless of whether the state or any other governmental entity is a party to the proceeding.

The law allows religious freedom to be raised as a defense in lawsuits between private citizens and therefore does not track the federal RFRA.


Companion bill to SF 2171.

Similar to HF 2032.