Puerto Rico House of Representatives Approves Return of 2 Public Holidays
Source:Oficina de Recursos Humanos del Estado Libre Asociado (ORHELO)
Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: June 16, 2021
The House of Representatives of Puerto Rico has approved a house version of Senate Bill 86, whose aim is to restore the Day of the Constitution of Puerto Rico and the Day of José Celso Barbosa as annual public holidays, respectively on July 25 and 27, for public employees.
The Senate Bill 86 was passed by Puerto Rico's Senate, earlier this spring (2021-04-26), and was approved by the House of Representatives' Government Commission, late last month (2021-05-25).
Senate Bill 86 aims to partially reverse the reduction in the number of annual non-working public sector holidays in Puerto Rico, which saw the lumping 4 of the annual non-working public sector holidays of Puerto Rico into one, the "Día de los Próceres Puertorriqueños" (2014-07-29, 2014-07-23, 2014-07-19, 2014-07-01, 2014-05-22, 2014-05-12 and 2014-03-19).
That reduction was later slightly amended (2015-10-21), and three years later, Puerto Rico's Senate changed it mind, and sent to the Lower House (Cámara de Representantes), the "Proyecto del Senado 460" which aimed to reverse the cancellation of the annual public holiday of Puerto Rico on July 25 (Día de la Constitución del Estado Libre Asociado) and its replacement with a new annual non-working public holiday, the "Día de la Ciudadanía Americana" (2018-04-02).
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