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Title: Religious Liberty Protection Act of 1999
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that limits the government's ability to intrude into the religious practices of Americans.
- Allows the government to substantially burden a person's religious exercise if and only if doing so furthers a "compelling governmental interest".
- Requires that the "compelling government interest" be pursued using the least restrictive means available.
- Prohibits the government from imposing land use regulations that limit a group's ability to practice its religion.
- Allows an individual to seek relief in court if they believe the government has violated this act, and places the burden of proof that the individuals rights were not violated on the government.