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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:Juan Leonel Longoria, a Texas prisoner, filed this pro se action against the director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division (TDCJ-ID) and the warden of the Robertson Unit, claiming his right to exercise his religion was denied when they denied him permission to grow his hair. HOLDING:Affirmed. Longoria maintains the district court erred in dismissing his claims under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. �2000cc-1(a). RLUIPA is not cited in Longoria’s prisoner form complaint, which alleged a general violation of his “freedom to exercise [his] religious tenets in conformity with [his] religion” and his “right to practice [his] religion as a Mexica Nahua Native American.” Although the recording for Longoria’s Spears hearing is inaudible, because the district court addressed claims by Longoria under RLUIPA in its order dismissing this action, sufficient information was provided at the Spears hearing to constitute a RLUIPA claim’s being made. The same grooming policy has been addressed under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RLUIPA’s predecessor. Because the test under RLUIPA is sufficiently the same as that previously imposed under RFRA, TDCJ-ID did not violate Longoria’s rights by, pursuant to the grooming policy, denying him permission to grow his hair. OPINION:Per curiam; King, Barksdale and Dennis, JJ.

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