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Alabama House Passes Juneteenth State Holiday Bill, Moves to Senate

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Alabama is one step closer to recognizing Juneteenth as a state holiday, with the passage of House Bill 4 in the state House of Representatives on Thursday. The bill is now on its way to the Senate for further consideration.

Under the proposed legislation, Juneteenth would be designated as a state holiday, marking the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States on June 19th. However, unlike some other holidays, state offices would not be required to close on Juneteenth.

Instead, state employees would have the option to take the day off either on Juneteenth or on Jefferson Davis’ birthday, a state holiday observed on the first Monday of June. This provision aims to provide flexibility while still honoring the significance of Juneteenth.