Senator Singer’s bill that would allow filing of birth certificate to be delayed for religious reasons for up to 15 days after birth in order to allow for the naming of the child, has unanimously passed the senate committee this afternoon.
According to New Jersey State law, after childbirth, a parent has up to five days to name a child and submit the birth certificate. This becomes problematic when a boy is born, and parents wait until the Bris to give the child’s name.
Under Bill S-1066, an accommodation will be given for religious purposes, and allow up to 15 days to submit the birth certificate.
Agudah New Jersey’s Director Rabbi Avi Schnall welcomed the bill when it was introduced in February.
“We thank Senator Singer for introducing this bill providing religious accommodations for parents filing their birth certificate,” Rabbi Avi Schnall told TLS. “Senator Singer’s sensitivity to the needs of the community is evident in this bill, as it has been throughout his career.”