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House Approves Religious Freedom Bill

May 14, 2003
By: Missy Shelton
State Capital Bureau

Lawmakers are pushing ahead with a bill that would ensure inmates in state prisons are able to practice their religion.

Missy Shelton reports.

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Some lawmakers say the first amendment isn't enough.

That's why they support passing the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Bill supporters argue a series of court decisions have chipped away at the right to exercise religion.

Democratic representative Yaphet El-Amin is a muslim.

She says the bill is important because the department of corrections hasn't been willing to accomodate the requests of incarcerated muslims.

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Those concerns resonated with Republican representative Richard Byrd, the handler of the bill.

He says the department of corrections should have to accomodate reasonable requests.

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Ten lawmakers voted against the bill.

Democratic representative Barbara Fraser says she supports the provisions that deal with inmates.

She says she has other concerns.

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But bill supporters argue there's a provision in the bill that addresses those concerns.

There's a provision that states the bill doesn't allow someone to inflict physical injury under the guise of religion.

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