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Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act (HB 2203)

This law was last updated on Dec 12, 2016




HB 2203




Feb 1, 2013


Co-sponsors: 40
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 41


LGBTQ, Religious Freedom, RFRA

Full Bill Text

HB 2203 (Kan. Stat. §60-5301, et seq.) provides that a government shall not substantially burden a person’s civil right to exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless such government demonstrates, by clear and convincing evidence, that 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.

A person whose exercise of religion has been burdened, or is substantially likely to be burdened, in violation of this act, may assert such violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding.

The bill does not specify that a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding must be against the government, which would potentially allow for private citizens to file suit against other private citizens. Therefore, this RFRA does not track the federal RFRA.