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Senate Bill No. 343

Public Act No. 03-79

AN ACT DESIGNATING JUNETEENTH INDEPENDENCE DAY.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 10-29a of the general statutes is amended by adding subdivision (47) as follows (Effective from passage):

(NEW) (47) The Governor shall proclaim the Saturday that is closest to June nineteenth of each year to be Juneteenth Independence Day in recognition of the formal emancipation of enslaved African-Americans pursuant to General Order No. 3 of June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas. Suitable exercises shall be held in the State Capitol and elsewhere as the Governor designates for the observance of the day.

Approved June 3, 2003