Michigan Religious Freedom Restoration Act (SB 4)
This law was last updated on Nov 18, 2018
SB 4 would prohibit the government from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability.
Government may substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion only if it demonstrates that application of the burden to that person’s exercise of religion in that particular instance is both of the following:
- in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and
- the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.
The bill defines “exercise of religion” to mean the practice or observance of religion, including an act or refusal to act, that is substantially motivated by a sincerely held religious belief, whether or not compelled by or central to a system of religious belief.
If passed, beliefs that would be protected by this bill would not necessarily have to belong to any recognized religion.