Saud Anwar

State Senator

Saud Anwar

Deputy President Pro Tempore

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April 13, 2022

Sen. Anwar Hopeful as Co-Sponsored Bill Allowing Police Officers Increased Religious Freedom Again Passes Senate

Today, State Senator Saud Anwar (D-South Windsor) was hopeful as the State Senate passed legislation he co-sponsored that will provide police officers statewide with increased religious freedom of expression regarding their uniforms. Similar legislation passed the Senate in 2021, but was never called for a vote in the House.

“I’m hopeful that this legislation will pass the House and be made law this year,” said Sen. Anwar. “Many police officers who are devout may have situations where they must choose between following their traditions of choice or wearing their assigned uniforms. This bill provides them with the religious freedom they need to remain respectful of traditions while protecting their communities. I’m especially encouraged by its potential to improve community relations in some parts of the state. I’m proud to have co-sponsored it.”

Senate Bill 133, “An Act Allowing Police Officers To Wear Religious Head Coverings As Part of a Police Uniform,” would require law enforcement units to permit a police officer to wear a religious head covering in accordance with their religious beliefs while on duty and wearing uniforms, unless they must wear tight-fitting protective headgear as part of that headgear. The legislation will benefit individuals in religious communities such as the Sikhs, who traditionally wear head coverings in observing their faith.

The bill now goes to the House for further consideration. It previously passed the Public Safety and Security Committee by a unanimous vote.