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The "Projeto De Lei Do Senado Nº 482 De 2017" has been tabled in Brazil's Senate with the aim to declare November 20, as a new annual national non-working public holiday to mark Black Consciousness Day.
The aforementioned Projeto de Lei do Senado n° 482, de 2017 was introduced by Senador Randolfe Rodrigues (REDE/AP) and, as in many occasions in the past, states as its goal the conversion of November 20 into a national non-working public holiday in Brazil ("Dispõe que o Dia Nacional da Consciência Negra, celebrado no dia 20 de novembro de cada ano, passa a ser considerado feriado nacional.").
The "Dia Nacional de Zumbi e da Consciência Negra", was made a national commemoration by the "nº 10.639, de janeiro de 2003", but leaves it up to each municipality and state to decide whether to declare it as a non-working public holiday. Currently, November 20, is already a non-working public holiday in 5 of Brazil's states and around 300 of the main cities of Brazil, including São Paulo (SP), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Campinas (SP), Marabá (PA) and Vilhena (RO), and has been on the legislative roster many times over the years (2007-07-29, 2008-09-05, 2008-11-16, 2008-11-24, 2008-12-02, 2009-01-28, 2015-07-06).
In his last year in office (2009-11-22), Brazil's president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, had promised that beginning in 2010, November 20th, Dia da Consciência Negra, would be a full-fledged national public holiday. But, nothing came of it.
A year later, Brazil's President, Dilma Rousseff, signed into law the watered-down bill making November 20 a new annual national holiday in Brazil, commemorating the "Dia Nacional de Zumbi e da Consciência Negra". The aforementioned bill (Lei 12.519) had been put on the Senate's Social Affairs Committee (BAC) roster last fall (2010-09-14), approved in commission last spring (2011-03-24), and approved by the full Brazilian Senate last month (2011-10-21).
Two years ago (2015-07-06), another bill (Projeto de Lei 296/15) went as far as the Comissão de Constituição e Justiça e de Cidadania for consideration, where it died quietly as has been the case for many similar bills in the past.
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