Arizona passes free exercise of religion law

Bill: HB2596

Summary: Prohibits zoning regulations that impose an unreasonable burden on the exercise of religion, even if the government has a compelling interest, unless the proposed religious exercise violates religion-neutral zoning standards in effect when the zoning application was made. The First Amendment freedom to gather and worship on private property is protected. Government is not allowed to discriminate against religious groups. Churches across the state can continue to grow in rural and urban areas without being singled out for negative treatment by local government officials. Prevents the government from treating a religious organization differently than a non-religious organization in its zoning laws.

Also: “Governor signs Yarbrough’s religion bill”

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