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The Dominican Republic National Assembly, in an emergency joint session, has passed yet another bill that would remove some of the non-working public holidays of the Dominican Republic, this time almost all, from the scope of the law No.139-97 which moves some mid-week public holidays in the Dominican Republic ("proyecto de ley que modifica los artículos 2 y 4 de la Ley No.139-97, para que los días feriados del calendario que coincidan con los días martes, miércoles, jueves o viernes sean trasladados de fecha, para excluir el 6 de enero, Día de Reyes; el 26 de enero, Día de Duarte; el primero de mayo, Día del Trabajo ; y 6 de noviembre, Día de la Constitución, del ámbito de los días feriados sujetos a traslado").
Attempts to legislate amendments or an outright repeal of the Ley 139-97 occur regularly in the Dominican Republic.
Last year (2016-10-18), the Dominican Republic National Assembly considered a bill that would remove the annual January 6 non-working public holiday in the Dominican Republic from the scope of the law No.139-97 which moves some mid-week public holidays in the Dominican Republic ("proyecto que modifica los artículos 2 y 4 de la Ley 139-97, para excluir el seis de enero, Día de los Santos Reyes, del ámbito de los feriados sujetos a traslados").
A couple of years before that (2014-05-02) the Dominican Republic Senate had approved a bill, similar to an earlier one passed by the Lower House of Parliament of the Dominican Republic, which would have removed the January 6 and 26 annual non-working public holidays from the scope of the law 139-97 which regulates non-working public holidays in the Dominican Republic (1997-06-19). After a few months of legislative inaction, the Dominican Republic National Assembly voted the emergency, and unanimous, passage of the iniciativa No.04467-2010-2016-CD ("Proyecto de ley mediante el cual se modifican los artículos 2 y 4 de la Ley No.139-97, del 19 de junio del 1997"), thus making the past spring's Senate bill an almost sure thing. Nevertheless, the annual official listing of non-working public holidays in the Dominican Republic for the calendar year 2015 (2014-10-31), had the January 6 public holiday moved to January 5, as did the official listing of non-working public holidays in the Dominican Republic for the calendar year 2016 (2015-10-31), which had the January 6 public holiday moved to January 4.
Ever since its passage (1997-06-19), the Ley No. 139-97 is regularly attacked (2012-09-06, 2012-01-26, 2011-07-21, 2011-04-01, 2011-01-28, 2011-01-06, 2010-06-18, 2010-02-09, 2009-11-22, 2009-11-08, 2009-10-13, 2008-05-24, 2008-02-21) by those who think that moving religious holidays is blaspheme, while the move of historical national holidays is unpatriotic.
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