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Brazilian Mid-Week Public Holidays Update

Source: Câmara dos Deputados (Brasilia)
Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Most recent follow-up news item: June 4, 2019

A 2009 bill which would move to the next Monday any fixed-date Brazilian public holiday that falls on a Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday, has been reinstated and will be considered by the Committee on Education, Culture and Sports (EC).

The aforementioned PLC (Projeto de Lei da Câmara) 108/2009 is one of many such bills that would have moved to the next Monday any fixed-date public holiday that falls on a Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday, but which have surfaced and gone nowhere over the past years.

There was the Projeto de Lei 2257/11, introduced by representative Edmar Arruda (2011-09-16), and the Projeto de Lei 2756/03 which was approved by the lower house's Commission of Constitution and Justice and Citizenship (2009-04-09) but subsequently rejected by the Senate (2009-05-06). Another bill, moving some mid-week public holidays to Mondays, was introduced in 2007 (2007-07-11 and 2007-11-27) and seems to have died for lack of attention.

As usual in this frequent type of legislation, the list of fixed-date public holidays covered by the aforementioned legislation would exclude January 1st (Confraternização Universal), September 7 (Independência), and December 25 (Natal).

The moving of fixed-date public holidays to the previous Monday, was instituted in July 1985 by a decree by then President José Sarney, but this decree was abrogated in October 1990.

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