Montana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (HB 615)
This law was last updated on Dec 12, 2016
HB 615 would prohibit the state from burdening a person’s right to the exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless it is essential to further 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 likely to be burdened may assert the violation or impending violation as a claim or defense in a judicial or administrative proceeding, regardless of whether the state of Montana or one of its political subdivisions is a party to the proceeding.
The language of the bill would allow religious freedom to be raised as a defense in lawsuits between private citizens and therefore does not track the federal RFRA.