Introduced by Representatives Kiss of Burlington, Aswad of Burlington and Lippert of Hinesburg
Subject: Health; town cemeteries; Islamic burials
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to ensure that traditional Islamic burials are available in town cemeteries.
AN ACT RELATING TO ISLAMIC BURIALS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 18 V.S.A. § 5378 is amended to read:
§ 5378. BYLAWS AND REGULATIONS
The board may make necessary bylaws and regulations in respect to such burial grounds, and interment of the dead not inconsistent with law, and may alter the same. Such bylaws and regulations shall be recorded in the office of the town clerk. A bylaw or regulation shall not be adopted to restrain a person in the free exercise of his or her religious sentiments as to the burial of the dead or to prohibit traditional Islamic burials, which require the dead to be interred in the earth without a casket.
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