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Chilean Chamber of Deputies Approves September Public Holidays

Source: La Segunda (Santiago)
Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Most recent follow-up news item: September 5, 2021

Chile's lower house of Parliament (La Cámara de Diputados) has passed, by a vote of 55-48 (and 2 abstentions), a modified version of a bill (Boletin 6919-06) that would declare September 17 and September 20, 2010, as additional public holidays to coincide with the upcoming Chilean Bicentennial.

The origin of the aforementioned bill dates from a year ago (2009-05-29), when a group of Chilean parliamentarians from the UDI, PPD, as well as some independents, introduced legislation (Boletín 6483-17) that would make Friday, September 17, and Monday, September 20, 2010, one-off public holidays, to compensate the fact that, in 2010, Chile is celebrating its bicentennial, and that this year's 2-day annual fiestas patrias (September 18-19) fall on a Saturday and a Sunday.

Normally, Chilean public holidays that fall on a weekend are "lost" (ie. no day in lieu public holiday is given), but the September 18-19 double public holiday has been the source of legislative tinkering in the past (2007-09-12).

The bill of May 2009 languished for the remainder of that year, but then, in March 2010 (2010-03-17), the bill came back to the fore, with support from newly-elected President, Sebastián Piñera.

A couple of months later (2010-05-04), President Piñera, sent a bill (Boletín 6919-06) to Chile's Congress making Monday, September 20, 2010, a one-off public holiday, but not Friday, September 17.

Two weeks later (2010-05-13), the Comisión de Gobierno Interior de la Cámara de Diputados of Chile's Congress approved a bill (Boletín 6929-06) which declared Friday, September 17, 2010, as a one-off public holiday, instead of the recently proposed date of Monday, September 20, 2010.

Today's bill, as passed by the Cámara de Diputados is ready to be sent to the Senate for consideration.

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