Senate OKs religious freedom bill, goes to Beshear

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Associated Press

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 8:01 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill is headed to Kentucky's governor that would give stronger protections in court to people who claim the government has infringed upon their religious freedom.

The Senate approved the legislation on Thursday night, almost a week after the House passed the bill.

A handful of lawmakers in the House and the Senate have claimed the bill could go too far, opening a "Pandora's box" of litigation. For instance, they say the bill could allow organizations to undermine civil rights protections or deny social services based on religious beliefs.

The bill's proponents say such matters would be left to the courts. They say the bill would only give a higher level of legal protection to someone making an infringement claim.

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The legislation is House Bill 279.

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