State of Arizona
First Regular Session
SENATE BILL 1288
amending title 41, chapter 9, article 9, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding section 41‑1493.04; relating to free exercise of religion.
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Title 41, chapter 9, article 9, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 41-1493.04, to read:
41-1493.04. Free exercise of religion; professional or occupational license, certificate or registration; appointments to governmental offices; definitions
A. Government shall not deny, suspend or revoke a professional or occupational license, certificate or registration based on a person's exercise of religion.
B. Government shall not deny, suspend or revoke a professional or occupational license, certificate or registration based on a person's refusal to affirm a statement that is contrary to the person's sincerely held moral or religious beliefs, regardless of whether those beliefs are specifically espoused by a recognized church or religious body.
C. A person's exercise of religion is not unprofessional conduct.
D. Government shall not deny a person a position on a board, commission, committee or public body based on the person's religious beliefs or exercise of religion.
E. This section does not authorize any person to engage in sexual misconduct or any criminal conduct. Criminal conduct does not include religious expression or beliefs.
F. For the purposes of this section:
1. "Government" includes all courts and administrative bodies or entities under the jurisdiction of the Arizona supreme court.