Religious freedom bill heads back to committee

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - A bill that supporters say would protect Idaho business owners from having to serve people whose lifestyles conflict with their religious beliefs has been sent back to committee.

The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, says he wants to take more time to work on the language of the bill after hearing public testimony.

"The intent of the bill was to provide a shield to protect the free exercise of religion under the First Amendment in light of the variety of increasing government mandates," said Rep. Luker in a press release.

"However, many misinterpreted the intent to be a sword for discrimination. I respect the concerns that I heard and therefore want to find the right language to balance those concerns."

The bill will head back to the House State Affairs Committee, which passed it's current form early this month.