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  • NJ S1066
  • Allows filing of birth certificate to be delayed for religious reasons, for up to 15 days after birth, in order to allow for naming of child.
Introduced
(2/8/2016)
In Committee
(9/8/2016)
Crossed Over
(5/26/2016)
Passed
(12/19/2016)
Signed
(2/6/2017)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would authorize the filing of a child's birth certificate to be delayed on the basis of the parent's religious beliefs. Current law requires a birth certificate to be filed within five days after the child's date of birth. However, in the Jewish faith, the naming of a child does not occur until a bris is performed, and a bris is normally performed on the eighth day following birth. Thus, under existing law, a birth certificate must be filed prior to the time when a Jewish child is named. This bill, therefore, would provide for an extension of the ordinary five-day timeframe in those cases where such extension is necessary, for religious reasons, to allow for the naming of the child. In particular, the bill would provide that, notwithstanding the provisions of existing law to the contrary, the filing of a child's birth certificate may be delayed, based on the parent's religious beliefs, until such time as the child is named. However, the bill would specify that no such delay may result in the filing of the birth certificate more than 15 days after the child's date of birth. Any parent whose religious beliefs necessitate a delay in the filing of a birth certificate pursuant to the bills' provisions, would be required to: (1) provide notice of the religious need for a filing delay, within five days after the child's date of birth, to the person who is responsible for filing the birth certificate, unless the parent is responsible for such filing, in which case, no such notice would be required; and (2) file the child's birth certificate, or authorize such filing by the person responsible therefor, as soon as possible after the child is named, but in no case more than 15 days after the child's birth. If the child is not named by the conclusion of this 15-day extended timeframe, the bill would require the birth certificate to be filed nonetheless, and the naming procedure outlined in R.S.26:8-24 to be applied. That naming procedure requires the local registrar to provide the parents with a special blank for the supplemental report of the child's given name.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Health and Senior Services, Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate
Approved P.L.2017, c.4.  (on 2/6/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
2/6/2017 A Approved P.L.2017, c.4.
12/19/2016 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (77-0-0)
12/19/2016 A Substituted for A3649 (1R)
9/8/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
9/8/2016 Assembly Health and Senior Services Hearing (10:00 9/8/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
5/26/2016 A Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
5/26/2016 S Passed by the Senate (38-0)
5/16/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
5/16/2016 Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Hearing (13:00 5/16/2016 Committee Room 1, 1st Floor)
2/8/2016 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 12/19/2016 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A3649 Aca (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 12/19/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 77 0 3
Detail 9/8/2016 Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee: Reported Favorably 12 0 1
Detail 5/26/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 38 0 2
Detail 5/16/2016 Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee: Reported with Amendments 9 0 0