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The bill was signed by the President. It basically says that local government land use regulations can not unduly restrict religious assembly and/or activities without a compelling public purpose. I saw a National League of Cities post saying how the law was an unnecessary intrusion into local home rule and would in effect invalidate local zoning powers with regard to churches and so forth.
I have read the law. I don't think that it will result in that dramatic of a conclusion. The law reads kind of like a first amendment court interpretation to me. However, I'm not an attorney and we should watch for legal interpretations as to how this affects local government zoning powers.
There was an interesting article on the act in the October 27 Philadelphia Inquirer. The article cites lawyers, representing religious institutions, who interpret the act to mean that municipalities can not regulate other activities provided by religious organizations at their sites such as a soup kitchen, day care, thrift store. They may be correct, the act is certainly vague enough to allow all kinds of interpretations. I guess someone will make a buck off of this. The question is, will the act accomplish anything