The right to exercise one’s faith, including the freedom to hold and attend worship services, is among our most fundamental rights. But religious freedom does not entitle religious institutions to receive special exemptions from the law if it would pose a grave risk to the health and lives of individuals and the public health. SB 263, however, would authorize just that. The bill would allow religious institutions, including educational institutions, houses of worship, religious societies, and any other religious organization, to continue operating, even as comparable non-religious institutions are shuttered or otherwise restricted—so long as any other business or organization is allowed to open. 

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Passed Senate

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Oppose