Maine Preservation of Religious Freedom Act (LD 1340)
This law was last updated on Dec 6, 2016
LD 1340 would prohibit the government from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless applying the burden to that person’s exercise of religion is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest, and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.
The bill would allow a person whose exercise of religion has been substantially burdened in violation of this provision to assert the violation as a claim or defense in a court action.
The law 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.