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HB 4012 - Prohibits State Action from Burdening the Exercise of Religion - West Virginia Key Vote


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Legislation - Bill Failed (Senate) (7-27) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (72-26) - (Key vote)
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Title: Prohibits State Action from Burdening the Exercise of Religion

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits the State from "substantially burdening" an individual's right to "exercise of religion."

  • Prohibits “state action” from “substantially burdening” an individual’s right to “exercise of religion” unless the following conditions are met (Sec. 5).
    • It is in a “compelling” governmental interest; and
    • It is the least restrictive means of furthering that “compelling” governmental interest. 
  • Defines “exercise of religion” as the practice or observance under the rights enumerated in the Constitution of the State of West Virginia and the Constitution of the United States of America (Sec. 5).
  • Defines “state action” as an action by a branch, department, agency board, commission instrumentality, official or other individual acting under the law of the State of West Virginia (Sec. 5).


Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Prohibits State Action from Burdening the Exercise of Religion


  • John David O'Neal IV (WV - R) (Out Of Office)


  • Timothy P. 'Tim' Armstead (WV - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael Thomas 'Mike' Azinger (WV - R) (Out Of Office)
  • David A. Evans (WV - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Ricky Duane Moye (WV - D) (Out Of Office)
  • Rupert 'Rupie' Phillips Jr. (WV - D) (Out Of Office)
  • William Roger Romine (WV - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Theresa Ann J. 'Terry' Waxman (WV - R) (Out Of Office)
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