PASSAIC – Several measures sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg, designed to help promote religious equality and tolerance, were highlighted today by Governor Jon Corzine. The ceremonial bill signings took place at Ahavas Israel Park.
“These bills are about parity,” said Senator Weinberg, D-Bergen. “There are a number of different religions and belief systems that encourage specific dietary plans and worship activities, and the people who follow them should be able to participate without the fear of missing out on possible employment, healthcare opportunities or educational events.”
One measure signed into law today, S-1023/A-422, requires colleges and universities that administer the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), to offer alternative testing arrangements for students who are unable to attend Saturday exams because of religious observances.
Senator Weinberg said that by providing alternate exam dates, students will be provided with the same opportunities as students of other religions, to move on to the next step educationally.
The bill was unanimously approved by the full Senate on March 3.
The following bills are from last Legislative session, and were ceremonially signed:
• S-2488/A-3451 – Makes it unlawful to discriminate against employees because of religious practices.
• S-2377/A-3513 – Mandates alternate testing dates because of days of religious observance for certain applicants seeking professional licensure.
• S-2789/A-3517 – Provides for religious accommodation regarding admission procedures at licensed health care facilities.