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SB 1365 - Authorizes religious objections by professionals - Key Vote

Arizona Key Votes

Steve Smith voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Stage Details

Legislation - Referred to Committee (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (21-9) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes religious objections by professionals

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires government protection of the expression of religious beliefs.

  • Prohibits state government from denying or revoking an individual’s professional or occupational license due to any of the following (Sec. 1):
    • Declining to provide service because of an individual’s “sincerely held" religious beliefs;
    • Refusing to affirm a statement that is contrary to their religious beliefs;
    • Expressing religious beliefs; or
    • Operating the individual’s business pursuant their religious beliefs.
  • Exempts peace officers from the provision that authorizes an individual to decline to provide service because of religious beliefs (Sec. 1). 
  • Specifies that the provisions of the bill are not an authorization for the following (Sec. 1):
    • Sexual misconduct;
    • Prohibited conduct; or
    • Conduct that violates the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act.
  • Prohibits discrimination against religious organizations in contracts with public bodies for the following (Sec.2):
    • Religious beliefs; or
    • Willingness to alter the exercise or expression of religious beliefs.
  • Authorizes a religious organization to receive compensation and attorney fees if their religious rights under this act have been violated (Sec. 2).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Authorizes religious objections by professionals



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