Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA)


The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 or RLUIPA is a federal law protecting the freedom of congregations and religious groups to use land for religious purposes.  Founding partner, John Mauck provided essential counsel in drafting of the law and joined other law professors and religious leaders by presenting his own experience with restrictive zoning regulations before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the House Judiciary Committee in March 1998.

With the lobbying of groups like the Christian Legal Society and other religious organizations, the bill passed unanimously by both the Senate and the House of Representatives as a bipartisan bill on July 27, 2000.  Former President Bill Clinton signed RLUIPA into law on September 22, 2000.  RLUIPA has given churches both equal treatment and inclusion in municipal zoning codes and prevents cities from restricting them from using property for religious assembly. 

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