Religious Freedom Restoration Act
This legislation, modeled on the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA, would create a Georgia RFRA. The federal RFRA only applies to the federal government, not to the state or local governments. This proposed legislation would apply in Georgia to both the state and to local governments. The law, specifically, would prohibit a government from substantially burdening a person's exercise of religion "even if the burden results from law, rule, regulation, ordinance, or resolution of general applicability" unless the government can show it is in "furtherance of a compelling governmental interest" and the "least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest." The legislation also waives sovereign immunity to any claim, counterclaim, cross-claim, or third-party claim by any person seeking declaratory or injunctive relief, or reasonable attorneys fees. Sovereign immunity would not be waived for monetary damages or expenses of litigation that are not included or related to such claim, counterclaim, cross-claim, or third-party claim.
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