Religious Freedom Act Awaiting Wilson's OK

August 29, 1998

Source: Los Angeles Times

On August 29, 1998, the Los Angeles Times reported that AB 1617, the Religious Freedom Protection Act, is a bill waiting to be approved by California Governor Pete Wilson. The Act would "prevent state and local governments from interfering with religious observances unless a compelling reason could be shown." The bill is in direct response to the United States Supreme Court decision in Boerne v. Flores (1997), which overturned the Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed by Congress in 1993.