West Virginia Senate President Mum On RFRA Bill

West Virginia Senate President Bill Cole has held back his opinions on the state's proposed RFRA bill, HB 4012. The passed the House on February 11.

From MetroNews:

Senate President Bill Cole (R-Mercer, 06) is not yet taking a stand on the proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill written to provide legal protections to people with deeply held religious beliefs that may run counter to existing state laws and local ordinances.

As proposed, the West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act, HB 4012, ensures that “in all cases where state action is alleged to substantially burden the exercise of religion, that a compelling interest test is mandated and strict scrutiny is applied.”

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