An Indiana House Committee voted 9-4 to pass the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) , but not before making changes to make business feel better.
Under RFRA a state or local government could not mandate an individual or corporation to engage in an activity which would violate their religious beliefs or principals without a compelling reason.
Supporters say the bill was needed to protect religious freedom while opponents said it would simply create a vehicle for discrimination.
Prior to the vote the bill was amended to clarify that RFRA only applied to the government and did not create a private cause of action against an employer.
The legislation now goes to the full House for amendments and then a final vote. If passed, the measure would have to be reconciled with the Senate.
Indy Politics has explored this issue in detail this session.