The budget stalemate has wreaked havoc on the legislative calendar.
As a result, the chambers were forced to move canceled August session days to September.
Those days will include September 14th and 15th which are part of the Jewish New Years’ holiday Rosh Hashanah. Apparently, no one noticed this until State Sen. Daylin Leach pointed it out earlier this week.
So, the Senate has scheduled us to go into session on Rosh Hashanah. I'm sure this means we're also going to be in session on Christmas day
— Daylin Leach (@daylinleach) September 1, 2015
Leach’s tweet sparked a conversation over whether the State Senate should be in session those days or on the 23rd, which is the other seasonal Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur (the House won’t be in session for any of these days).
Sen. Leach later clarified that while he is not the most religious person, others may been hampered by the schedule.
“If someone is a very religious person, they couldn’t come on a day like this,” Leach told Christian Alexandersen of the Patriot-News. “There are a number of Jewish legislators and a good number of Jewish staffers. We don’t want to put them in that position.”
Senate Republican Caucus Spokeswoman Jennifer Kochel said that no decision has been made on whether to change the calendar.
“We’re extremely respectful of the religious holiday that’s coming up,” she stated. “It’s not something that was intentional.”