Senate Bill 975, the revised Religious Freedom Restoration Act, was passed by the Arkansas House of Representatives and signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday, April 2, 2015.
Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto HB1228.
HB1228 was written to "provide protection for religious practice and to provide remedies and penalties for violating or abusing religious protections."
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday, March 26, 2015, signed into law this act, which prohibits state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his religious beliefs. The definition of "person" includes religious institutions, businesses and associations.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, is a federal law aimed at preventing laws that "substantially burden" a person's free exercise of religion.