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The Dominican Republic's lower house of parliament (Cámara de Diputados) is being lobbied to pass a variant of last year's bill, which it let lapse, and would have removed the January 26 annual non-working public holidays from the scope of the law 139-97 which regulates non-working public holidays in the Dominican Republic.
The aforementioned original amendments, introduced at the beginning of last year (2011-01-28), then passed by the Senate (2011-04-01), but which lapsed in the lower house (2012-01-26), would have permanently added 2 public holidays to the list of fixed-date public holidays covered by the Ley número 139-97 which governs the observance of mid-week public holidays: the Día de los Santos Reyes (January 6) and the Natalicio de Juan Pablo Duarte (January 26). This would leave only the May 1, August 16 and November 6 public holidays to move when they fall on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
The current lobbying effort is much more modest in scope and aims to observe the Duarte's Birthday public holiday on its set date, only once in the calendar year 2013, because January 26, 2013 will be the 200th anniversary of Juan Pablo Duarte.
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