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West Virginia Freedom of Conscience Protection Act (SB 11)

This law was last updated on Dec 12, 2016


West Virginia


SB 11


Failed to Pass


Jan 13, 2016


Co-sponsors: 6
Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 7


Conscience and Refusal Clauses, LGBTQ, Religious Freedom, RFRA

Full Bill Text

SB 11 would prohibit the state from burdening a person’s right to exercise religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability unless the state demonstrates 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.

The law states that a person whose religious freedom has been burdened in violation of the law may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial, administrative, or other proceeding and obtain appropriate relief against the state or a political subdivision of the state.

The law does not allow religious freedom to be raised as a defense in lawsuits between private citizens and therefore tracks the federal RFRA.


Similar to HB 4012.