Author Archive: Lucan Chartier

Idaho Bill HB 426 Would Create Religious Right to Discriminate

Protest at the Idaho Capitol - February 17, 2014 -  Photo by Kenneth Freeman / Creative Commons. Some Rights Reserved

By Lucan Chartier – Rep. Lynn Luker of Idaho has recently placed two bills before the state's House of Representatives. HB 426 prohibits the denial, revocation, or suspension of “any professional or occupational license or registration” based upon the exercise or expression of religious belief. HB 427 would amend § 73-402 of the Idaho Code – the state's mini-Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) – to also provide relief against “any person relying upon any government action, enactment, or law” that substantially burdens a sincerely held religious belief.