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Gov. Brewer signs bill on rights for siting churches

Gov. Jan Brewer has signed into law a bill that restricts local governments’ ability to impose land-use restrictions where churches are located.

The bill signed Tuesday generally prohibits a governmental entity from imposing land-use regulations that impose an “unreasonable burden” on the exercise of religion.

Under the legislation, churches could not be treated on less than equal terms than nonreligious entities, and churches could not be discriminated against on the basis of religion.

However, the bill allows a municipality to approve an exemption from liquor license distancing requirements for churches located in a designated entertainment district.
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