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Chilean Legislation Would Create Regional Public Holidays

Source: Honorable Cámara de Diputados (Valparaíso)
Posted: Monday, April 11, 2011

A bill has been introduced in Chile's Parliament which would amend the Constitution to allow the Chilean President to declare regional non-working public holidays in Chile.

The aforementioned "Proyecto de Ley de Reforma Constitucional" tabled by the Parlamentarians Espinosa (PRSD), René Alinco (PRO) and Marta Isasi (PRI) would, with the prior approval of Congress allow for religious or historical dates specific to a region (as per the bill's unique article: "autorizar anualmente, previo acuerdo del Congreso, feriados regionales con ocasión de festividades religiosas o la conmemoración de fechas históricas de fuerte arraigo e identidad regional.").

One of the examples pointed out by the bill's authors is the June 7 date in the region of Arica y Parinacota, in which on that date all activity comes to a standstill despite the day not being a non-working public holiday.

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