HB 447 – The Jeff Rieg Law/Patients Religious Rights

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Keith Kidwell (R-Beaufort, Craven); Rep. Bobby Hanig (R-Currituck, Dare, Hyde, Pamlico); Rep. Jeffrey Elmore (R-Alexander, Wilkes); Rep. Julia Howard (R-Davie, Rowan)


This bill requires hospitals to allow clergy members to visit admitted patients, including admissions during a declared disaster or emergency. This bill also permits hospitals to require clergy members to submit to health screenings and allows hospitals to restrict access to those who do not pass the screening.


Filed – 3/30/2021