EL SOBRANTE -- California Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) will not visit the Sikh Center of San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday after all due to an accident, a center official said Saturday. The event, where she would speak about the state's religious freedom law that she introduced in the Legislature, has been canceled.
Assembly Bill 1964, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed last year and went into effect Jan. 1, protects the right of individuals to exercise their religious dress and grooming practices, such as the wearing of beards, turbans, hijabs, yarmulkes, crosses and other religious items, in the workplace. The new law, known as the California Workplace Religious Freedom Act, goes further than pre-existing federal and state laws protecting religious expression.
There was no word Saturday about a possible rescheduling.