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Maine Preservation of Religious Freedom Act (LD 1340)

This law was last updated on Dec 6, 2016




LD 1340


Failed to Pass


Apr 16, 2015


Primary Sponsors: 3
Co-sponsors: 6
Total Sponsors: 9


LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

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.