Senate Leader Signs Name to Religious Liberty Measure


(AJC) - Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer, R-Duluth added his name to Senate Bill 233 after it was filed last week by the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Marty Harbin, R-Tyrone. The bill says that the language in the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act would also apply in Georgia, requiring the government to prove a “compelling governmental interest” before it interferes with a person’s exercise of religion.

It stops far short of a wide-ranging religious liberty bill that Deal vetoed last year but is still not expected to win approval before Friday’s “Crossover Day” deadline — in no small part to Deal’s statement that he had “no desire or appetite to entertain” it. To have a clear path of becoming law, the bill must win passage from either chamber in the Legislature by Friday. While parliamentary maneuvering can keep a bill alive past Crossover Day, making it from one side of the Capitol to the other by the end of that day makes final passage much more likely.

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