Iowa Conscience Protection Act (SF 2171)
This law was last updated on Oct 12, 2016
SF 2171 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 HF 2200.
Similar to HF 2032.