Religious Freedom Restoration Acts: Rhode Island

R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-80.1

Rhode Island Religious Freedom Amendment

§ 42-80.1-1 Short title. – 

This chapter shall be known as the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”.

Credits

P.L. 1993, ch. 230, § 1.

Gen. Laws, 1956, § 42-80.1-1, RI ST § 42-80.1-1

The statutes and Constitution are current through Chapter 555 of the January 2014 session.

§ 42-80.1-2 Definitions. – 

As used in this chapter:

“Governmental authority” means any department, agency, commission, committee, board, council, bureau or authority or any subdivision of state or municipal government.

Credits

P.L. 1993, ch. 230, § 1.

Gen. Laws, 1956, § 42-80.1-2, RI ST § 42-80.1-2

The statutes and Constitution are current through Chapter 555 of the January 2014 session.

§ 42-80.1-3 Religious freedom protected.

(a) Except as provided for in subsection (b), a governmental authority may not restrict a person’s free exercise of religion.

 

 

(b) A governmental authority may restrict a person’s free exercise of religion only if:

 

 

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

 

 

(2) The governmental authority proves that application of the restriction to the person is essential to further a compelling governmental interest, and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.

 

 

Credits

 

P.L. 1993, ch. 230, § 1.

 

 

Gen. Laws, 1956, § 42-80.1-3, RI ST § 42-80.1-3

The statutes and Constitution are current through Chapter 555 of the January 2014 session.

§ 42-80.1-4 Remedies. – 

In any civil action alleging a violation of this chapter, the court may:

(1) Afford injunctive and declaratory relief against any governmental authority which commits or proposes to commit a violation of this chapter, and;

(2) Award a prevailing plaintiff damages.

Credits

P.L. 1993, ch. 230, § 1.

Gen. Laws, 1956, § 42-80.1-4, RI ST § 42-80.1-4

The statutes and Constitution are current through Chapter 555 of the January 2014 session.

 

Last updated: June 2015.