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“There is al­ready a RFRA [Re­li­gious Free­dom Restora­tion Act] bill that was in­tro­duced in 2017 in the Se­nate, and all of that leg­is­la­tion re­mains live and ac­tive. We may see some­thing that is rein­tro­duced, we may see move­ment on the cur­rent RFRA bill,” Gra­ham said. “Cer­tainly the fact that the Speaker has in­di­cated in his pub­lic com­ments that he feels there is no need to ad­dress that is­sue in 2018 gives us some com­fort there.”

Ge­or­gia’s con­ser­va­tive lead­er­ship, led in part by McKoon, has been push­ing for a re­li­gious ex­emp­tions bill for years, most no­tably when House Bill 757 made it to Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk. The gov­er­nor ve­toed the bill, and in 2017 nei­ther cham­ber made re­li­gious ex­emp­tions a pri­or­ity. De­spite that, Sen. Marty Harbin (R-Ty­rone) in­tro­duced Se­nate Bill 233, which in­tends to in­cor­po­rate fed­eral re­li­gious ex­emp­tions lan­guage into state law by ref­er­ence.

“He of­fered a clean, state ver­sion of the fed­eral Re­li­gious Free­dom Restora­tion Act. I have cer­tainly con­tin­ued to ad­vo­cate for the pas­sage of that bill,” McKoon said.

A prime dis­cus­sion point sur­round­ing re­li­gious ex­emp­tions leg­is­la­tion is how it would af­fect Ge­or­gia’s chances of at­tract­ing the new Ama­zon head­quar­ters should such a law hit the books in the Peach State.

“I do be­lieve that for a ma­jor­ity of con­ser­va­tives, they un­der­stand that there is so much on the line and it would re­sult in huge eco­nomic losses,” Shan­non said.

Fight con­tin­ues for com­pre­hen­sive non-dis­crim­i­na­tion bill

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