Source: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR)
The Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) has issued a press release announcing that it would hold a meeting on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in which members of the LegCo will resume the second reading debate on the "Special Holiday (3 September 2015) Bill", and then if the bill receives its second reading, it will then go through the Committee stage and be read the third time.
Last May (13-May-2015), China's General Office of the State Council released an amended list of China's official annual non-working public holidays for the calendar year 2015, which included a one-off national holiday for this year's celebration of the 70th anniversary of the victory in World War II.
Hong Kong's Labour Department then immediately (13-May-2015) followed China's earlier announcement that September 3, 2015, would be declared a one-off non-working public holiday in China, by announcing yesterday that it would submit a bill to the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) later this month to also make the day of September 3, 2015, a non-working public holiday in Hong Kong. The aforementioned Bill designates on a one-off basis September 3, 2015 as an additional General Holiday (GH) and Statutory Holiday (SH). It was be published in the Gazette on May 22 and introduced into the LegCo on May 27, 2015, with a deadline for "resumption of second reading debate, committee stage and third reading to be notified, but not later than 8 July 2015, the last sitting of the LegCo in the current 2014/15 legislative session".
The above declaration of Thursday, September 3, 2015, as a non-working public holiday in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government would be in addition to the annual official list of 2015 calendar year public holidays to be observed in Hong Kong, issued last spring (25-Apr-2014), in accordance with the Employment Ordinance and General Holidays Ordinance as well as amendments thereto.
Recall that 2 decades ago (09-Sep-1998), Hong Kong's Legislature endorsed a government bill making May Day and Buddha's Birthday new annual public holidays in Hong Kong, in replacement of the, then August 17, Sino-Japanese War Victory Day, and the October 2, day after National Day.
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