Religious Freedom Restoration Acts: Missouri

MISSOURI RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT

Mo. Rev. Stat. §1.302: Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

1.302. 1. A governmental authority may not restrict a person’s free exercise of religion, unless:

  1. A governmental authority may not restrict a person’s free exercise of religion, unless:

(1) The restriction is in the form of a rule of general applicability, and does not discriminate against religion, or among religions; and

 

 

(2) The governmental authority demonstrates that application of the restriction to the person is essential to further a compelling governmental interest, and is not unduly restrictive considering the relevant circumstances.

 

 

  1. As used in this section, “exercise of religion” shall be defined as an act or refusal to act that is substantially motivated by religious belief, whether or not the religious exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.
  1. As used in this section “demonstrates” means meets the burden of going forward with the evidence and of persuasion.

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(L.2003, S.B. No. 12, § A.)

 

 

  1. A. M. S. 1.302, MO ST 1.302

Statutes are current through the end of the 2014 Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly. Constitution is current through the November 4, 2014 General Election.

Mo. Rev. Stat. §1.307: Laws Not To Eliminate Defense To A Civil Action Or Criminal Prosecution Based On Federal, State Or Local Civil Rights–Relevant Circumstances Defined. 1.307.

  1. Section 1.302 and this section apply to all state and local laws, resolutions and ordinances and the implementation of such laws, resolutions, and ordinances, whether statutory or otherwise, and whether adopted before or after August 28, 2003.
  1. Nothing in section 1.302 and this section shall be construed to authorize any government to burden any religious belief, except that nothing in these sections shall be construed to establish or eliminate a defense to a civil action or criminal prosecution based on a federal, state, or local civil rights law.
  1. Nothing in section 1.302 and this section shall be construed as allowing any person to cause physical injury to another person, to possess a weapon otherwise prohibited by law, to fail to provide monetary support for a child or to fail to provide health care for a child suffering from a life-threatening condition.
  1. “Relevant circumstances” may include legitimate penological interests needed to protect the safety and security of incarcerated persons and correctional facilities, but shall not include reasonable requests by incarcerated individuals for the opportunity to pray, reasonable access to clergy, use of religious materials that are not violent or profane, and reasonable dietary requests.

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(L.2003, S.B. No. 12, § A.)

 

 

  1. A. M. S. 1.307, MO ST 1.307

Statutes are current through the end of the 2014 Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly. Constitution is current through the November 4, 2014 General Election.