2021 US Code
Title 42 - The Public Health and Welfare
Chapter 21B - Religious Freedom Restoration
Sec. 2000bb-3 - Applicability

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Citation 42 U.S.C. § 2000bb-3 (2021)
Section Name §2000bb–3. Applicability
Section Text (a) In general

This chapter applies to all Federal law, and the implementation of that law, whether statutory or otherwise, and whether adopted before or after November 16, 1993.

(b) Rule of construction

Federal statutory law adopted after November 16, 1993, is subject to this chapter unless such law explicitly excludes such application by reference to this chapter.

(c) Religious belief unaffected

Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to authorize any government to burden any religious belief.

Source Credit

(Pub. L. 103–141, §6, Nov. 16, 1993, 107 Stat. 1489; Pub. L. 106–274, §7(b), Sept. 22, 2000, 114 Stat. 806.)


This chapter, referred to in text, was in the original "this Act", meaning Pub. L. 103–141, Nov. 16, 1993, 107 Stat. 1488, which is classified principally to this chapter. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 2000bb of this title and Tables.


2000—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 106–274 struck out "and State" after "Federal".

Publication Title United States Code, 2018 Edition, Supplement 3, Title 42 - THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE
Category Bills and Statutes
Collection United States Code
SuDoc Class Number Y 1.2/5:
Contained Within Title 42 - THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE
Sec. 2000bb-3 - Applicability
Contains section 2000bb-3
Date 2021
Laws In Effect As Of Date January 3, 2022
Positive Law No
Disposition standard
Statutes at Large References 107 Stat. 1489, 1488
114 Stat. 806
Public Law References Public Law 103-141, Public Law 106-274
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