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A10628 Summary:

SPONSORRules (Hyndman)
COSPNSRSimotas, Perry, Lupardo, Schmitt, Buchwald, Rodriguez, Reyes, Barron, Otis, Bronson, Johns
Amd 24, Gen Con L
Designates June nineteenth, known as Juneteenth, as a public holiday.
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A10628 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Rules (Hyndman)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general construction law, in relation to designating June nineteenth as a public holiday   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To designate June Nineteenth as a public holiday in the State of New York.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: Amends Section 24 of the general construction law, as amended by chapter 347 of the laws of 1984 to include nineteenth day of June, known as Juneteenth as a public holiday Section 2: Sets the effective date   JUSTIFICATION: June Nineteenth (Juneteenth) is a day which commemorates Black and Afri- can American freedom and achievements while encouraging continuous self- development and respect for all cultures. As a state, it is our duty to recognize and celebrate June Nineteenth not only by adopting resolutions, but by pausing statewide to acknowl- edge and reflect on a day that changed the trajectory of the lives of most Blacks and African Americans being held as slaves in U.S. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger and federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and enforce the Emancipa- tion Proclamation marking the effective end of slavery in the United States. According to the United States Census Bureau, African Americans and Blacks make up about 17.6% of New Yorkers. It is imperative to recognize the integral role Blacks and African Americans play in the development of this state and it is further crucial for us as a state to not only celebrate but to take the time to educate ourselves about the history of the Black and African American community.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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A10628 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                      June 10, 2020
        Introduced  by COMMITTEE ON RULES -- (at request of M. of A. Hyndman) --
          read once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations
        AN ACT to amend the general construction law, in relation to designating
          June nineteenth as a public holiday
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  Section 24 of the general construction law, as amended by
     2  chapter 347 of the laws of 1984, is amended to read as follows:
     3    § 24. Public holidays; half-holidays. The term public holiday includes
     4  the following days in each year:  the first day of January, known as New
     5  Year's day; the third Monday of January,  known  as  Dr.  Martin  Luther
     6  King, Jr. day; the twelfth day of February, known as Lincoln's birthday;
     7  the  third  Monday in February, known as Washington's birthday; the last
     8  Monday in May, known as Memorial day; the second Sunday in  June,  known
     9  as Flag day; the nineteenth day of June, known as Juneteenth; the fourth
    10  day  of  July, known as Independence day; the first Monday in September,
    11  known as Labor day; the second Monday in October, known as Columbus day;
    12  the eleventh day of November, known as Veterans' day; the fourth  Thurs-
    13  day  in November, known as Thanksgiving day; and the twenty-fifth day of
    14  December, known as Christmas day, and if any of such  days  except  Flag
    15  day  is  Sunday, the next day thereafter; each general election day, and
    16  each day appointed by the president of  the  United  States  or  by  the
    17  governor of this state as a day of general thanksgiving, general fasting
    18  and  prayer, or other general religious observances. The term half-holi-
    19  day includes the period from noon to midnight of each Saturday which  is
    20  not a public holiday.
    21    § 2.  This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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