MOUNT VERNON — State Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl, R-Mount Vernon, co-sponsor of the “Ohio Freedom Restoration Act,” in the Ohio House of Representatives, said the bill was pulled because legislators didn’t want it confused with the controversial bill in Arizona with the same title.

The bill was also sponsored by State Rep. Andy Brenner, R-Powell, and about 40 others. The bill originated with Timothy Derickson, a Republican from Butler County, and Bill Patmon, a Democrat from the Cleveland area.

The summary of House Bill 376 as introduced says it prohibits burdening “a person’s right to exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless it is demonstrated that applying that burden is both essential to further a compelling governmental interest and the least restrictive means” of compelling that interest.

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