Source:Government of Sint Maarten (Great Bay)
Posted: Friday, June 1, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 29, 2012
Following parliamentary delays in the approval of a bill to make July 1st an annual non-working public holiday in Sint Maarten, the government of Sint Maarten has signed an ordinance to make July 1, 2012 an official non-working public holiday to mark Emancipation Day.
Last month (2012-05-11), Sint Maarten's Parliamentary Central Committee had approved a draft ordinance, introduced, earlier this year (2012-03-19), which would finally make July 1st a new annual national non-working public holiday, beginning in 2012.
However in her aforementioned announcement, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports, and Culture Silveria Jacobs, said that Parliament had rescheduled the debate on making July 1st a new annual national non-working public holiday, causing the need for a one-off public holiday in 2012 declared by a government ordinance (executive decree).
An earlier draft law to make Emancipation Day, on July 1, into a new annual public holiday in Sint Maarten narrowly missed taking effect last year (2011-06-18 and 2011-06-03) although the Sint Maarten Council of Ministers eventually decided to declare a one-off public sector holiday and give all government workers the day off on Friday, July 1, 2011, on account of that year's Emancipation Day (2011-06-29).
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