AB 1964 Passes Out of California Assembly

Sacramento, CA: The California Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) is excited to announce that the California State Assembly has approved the Workplace Religious Freedom Act (AB 1964). The bill passed the Assembly floor with a 59-3-18 vote, with bipartisan support, says a CAIR Press Release. It adds:

 The bill, sponsored by Assembly Member Mariko Yamada (D-Davis), seeks to clarify the responsibilities of California employers with respect to religious accommodation in the workplace. That means, it could positively impact employees like you and members of other religious communities.

SEE: Bill protecting religious garb passes Assembly (P-E)

SEE: AB 1964 background
 CAIR-CA chapters in Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Los Angeles Area and San Diego worked with local communities to mobilize support for AB 1964 and also during the Muslim Day at the Capitol ( MDAC ) held earlier this month. Additionally last week, we asked for your help in building support among Assembly Members by reaching out to your legislators and urging them to vote for it, and you came through.
 From here, the bill will go to the California Senate. Following MDAC, Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) agreed to co-sponsor this legislation in the Senate. The bill will then be heard in committees before proceeding to a full floor vote. CAIR-CA will continue to monitor and advocate for AB 1964 as it moves forward. 
This is a good time to contact your State Senator to start building support for AB 1964. Our partners at the Sikh Coalition have prepared an automatic petition letter that goes directly to the Senator representing your district. Additionally, if you would like help in setting up a meeting with your Senator, please contact CAIR-LA Government Relations Coordinator Adel Syed at asyed@cair.com .
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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