Here is the text of SB 1062:

 

SB 1062 

 

 

 

 

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1 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona: 

2 Section 1. Section 41-1493, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to 

3 read: 

4 41-1493. Definitions 

5 In this article, unless the context otherwise requires: 

6 1. "Demonstrates" means meets the burdens of going forward with the 

7 evidence and of persuasion. 

8 2. "Exercise of religion" means the PRACTICE OR OBSERVANCE OF 

9 RELIGION, INCLUDING THE ability to act or refusal to act in a manner 

10 substantially motivated by a religious belief, whether or not the exercise is 

11 compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief. 

12 3. "Government" includes this state and any agency or political 

13 subdivision of this state. 

14 4. "Nonreligious assembly or institution" includes all membership 

15 organizations, theaters, cultural centers, dance halls, fraternal orders, 

16 amphitheaters and places of public assembly regardless of size that a 

17 government or political subdivision allows to meet in a zoning district by 

18 code or ordinance or by practice. 

19 5. "Person" includes a religious assembly or institution ANY 

20 INDIVIDUAL, ASSOCIATION, PARTNERSHIP, CORPORATION, CHURCH, RELIGIOUS ASSEMBLY 

21 OR INSTITUTION, ESTATE, TRUST, FOUNDATION OR OTHER LEGAL ENTITY. 

22 6. "Political subdivision" includes any county, city, including a 

23 charter city, town, school district, municipal corporation or special 

24 district, any board, commission or agency of a county, city, including a 

25 charter city, town, school district, municipal corporation or special 

26 district or any other local public agency. 

27 7. "Religion-neutral zoning standards": 

28 (a) Means numerically definable standards such as maximum occupancy 

29 codes, height restrictions, setbacks, fire codes, parking space requirements, 

30 sewer capacity limitations and traffic congestion limitations. 

31 (b) Does not include: 

32 (i) Synergy with uses that a government holds as more desirable. 

33 (ii) The ability to raise tax revenues. 

34 8. "Suitable alternate property" means a financially feasible property 

35 considering the person's revenue sources and other financial obligations with 

36 respect to the person's exercise of religion and with relation to spending 

37 that is in the same zoning district or in a contiguous area that the person 

38 finds acceptable for conducting the person's religious mission and that is

39 large enough to fully accommodate the current and projected seating capacity 

40 requirements of the person in a manner that the person deems suitable for the 

41 person's religious mission. 

42 9. "Unreasonable burden" means that a person is prevented from using 

43 the person's property in a manner that the person finds satisfactory to 

44 fulfill the person's religious mission.

 

1 Sec. 2. Section 41-1493.01, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to 

2 read: 

3 41-1493.01. Free exercise of religion protected; definition 

4 A. Free exercise of religion is a fundamental right that applies in 

5 this state even if laws, rules or other government actions are facially 

6 neutral. 

7 B. Except as provided in subsection C, government OF THIS SECTION, 

8 STATE ACTION shall not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion 

9 even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability. 

10 C. Government STATE ACTION may substantially burden a person's 

11 exercise of religion only if it THE OPPOSING PARTY demonstrates that 

12 application of the burden to the person PERSON'S EXERCISE OF RELIGION IN THIS 

13 PARTICULAR INSTANCE is both: 

14 1. In furtherance of a compelling governmental interest. 

15 2. The least restrictive means of furthering that compelling 

16 governmental interest. 

17 D. A person whose religious exercise is burdened in violation of this 

18 section may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial 

19 proceeding, and obtain appropriate relief against a government REGARDLESS OF 

20 WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT IS A PARTY TO THE PROCEEDING. THE PERSON ASSERTING 

21 SUCH A CLAIM OR DEFENSE MAY OBTAIN APPROPRIATE RELIEF. A party who prevails 

22 in any action to enforce this article against a government shall recover 

23 attorney fees and costs. 

24 E. In FOR THE PURPOSES OF this section, the term substantially burden 

25 is intended solely to ensure that this article is not triggered by trivial, 

26 technical or de minimis infractions. 

27 F. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "STATE ACTION" MEANS ANY ACTION 

28 BY THE GOVERNMENT OR THE IMPLEMENTATION OR APPLICATION OF ANY LAW, INCLUDING 

29 STATE AND LOCAL LAWS, ORDINANCES, RULES, REGULATIONS AND POLICIES, WHETHER 

30 STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, AND WHETHER THE IMPLEMENTATION OR APPLICATION IS MADE 

31 OR ATTEMPTED TO BE MADE BY THE GOVERNMENT OR NONGOVERNMENTAL PERSONS.