On May 29, the Cal­i­for­nia State Assem­bly passed the  Work­place Reli­gious Free­dom Act of 2012 by a vote of 63–6. AB 1964 is now on its way to the Senate.

Spon­sored by Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), AB 1964 would include the prac­tice of wear­ing reli­gious cloth­ing or a reli­gious hair­style as a belief or obser­vance cov­ered by exist­ing pro­tec­tions against reli­gious dis­crim­i­na­tion, and would spec­ify that an accom­mo­da­tion of a per­son wear­ing reli­gious cloth­ing or a reli­gious hair­style that would require that per­son to be seg­re­gated from the pub­lic or other employ­ees is not a rea­son­able accom­mo­da­tion. This bill would fur­ther pro­vide that no accom­mo­da­tion is required if an accom­mo­da­tion would result in the vio­la­tion of spec­i­fied laws pro­tect­ing civil rights.

The bill is presently in the Sen­ate Rules Com­mit­tee await­ing Sen­ate com­mit­tee assignment.

To track the progress of the leg­is­la­tion and read the lat­est ver­sions of the bill, visit http://​www​.aroundthe​capi​tol​.com/​B​i​l​l​s​/​A​B​_​1​9​6​4​/​2​0​1​1​2​0​12/

See our pre­vi­ous arti­cle on the bill:

Key Cal­i­for­nia Com­mit­tee Passes Work­place Reli­gious Free­dom Act — April 20, 2012


1 Comment

  1. Aliagins says:

    I hope that this is worked on and accom­plished state by state.  For years our few in num­ber reli­gious lib­erty lead­ers in wash­ing­ton DC have lob­bied and worked at the Fed­eral level try­ing to accom­plish this coun­try wide. 

    We have a prob­lem.  There are too few of our work­ers in DC.  Reli­gious Lib­erty is sort of a step child as far as fund­ing and fuel­ing goes.  You’d think that the way things stand now that we have a lot more impor­tant things to worry about in the US than Lib­erty of Con­science matters.

    Well I hate to be a pes­simist but– you can have Sen­a­tors on both sides sign on and it still doesn’t get done.  The money that large cor­po­ra­tions pour into lob­by­ing is just far more than we can face down.  They have a huge stake in what laws are enacted that will have any­thing to do with their employees.

    Plus– we gain and lose Con­gress peo­ple all the time.  If they are on board one year they may be  voted out of a job the next. 

    It is like a one trick pony.  Every year there is a push to make Con­gress aware and know that this is a good thing…but every year it doesn’t go any­where.  We have a lot of issues that we need to be involved in besides this one thing!

    But, Greg Hamil­ton proved that it can be done in his neck of the woods.  And now we are look­ing pretty good in Sacramento.

    So How about it?  The push would be to get the states one by one to do the right thing?  It would make sense and it would also put the peo­ple in the pews into action.  It might also fore­stall the SCOTUS from get­ting involved.  We know that they side with the cor­po­ra­tions in most cases. 

    It is actu­ally time for every church to rec­og­nize and become involved with lib­erty of con­science issues!  There should be more time spent than 5 min. each year for a lib­erty offering.

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