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Minnesota lawmakers consider making Juneteenth an official state holiday

Juneteenth has been recognized as a federal holiday since 2021

 

January 13, 2023



Minnesota lawmakers are considering legislation to designate Juneteenth, the celebration of the end of slavery in the United States, as a state holiday.

Juneteenth has been recognized as a federal holiday since 2021, but less than half the states have moved to do the same. While Minnesota has symbolically recognized Juneteenth in the past, a bill authored by Sen. Bobby Joe Champion, DFL-Minneapolis, would cement it as an official paid holiday for state employees.

During a Senate State and Local Government Committee hearing Thursday, Champion said recognizing Juneteenth is a step toward the U.S. recognizing its foundational promises.

https://www.twincities.com/2023/01/12/minnesota-lawmakers-consider-making-juneteenth-an-official-state-holiday/

 

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