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“Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.” – Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu (1689 – 1755)

A bill, prefiled for the 2014 legislative session of the General Assembly:

SB 554 Requires state agencies, public schools and colleges, and political subdivisions to use the traditional names of holidays


Sponsor: Cunningham

LR Number: 4363S.01I Fiscal Note not available


Last Action: 12/1/2013 – Prefiled

Current Bill Summary

SB 554 – This act requires all state agencies, public schools and colleges and political subdivisions to use the traditional name of a holiday for all purposes for any holiday which the entity observes or recognizes. This includes the traditional holiday names of “New Year’s Day,” “Martin Luther King Jr Day,” “Lincoln’s Birthday,” “Washington’s Birthday,” “Easter,” “Truman Day,” “Memorial Day,” “Fourth of July” or “Independence Day,” “Labor Day,” “Columbus Day,” “Veterans Day,” “Thanksgiving Day,” “Hanukkah,” “Christmas,” and “Kwanzaa.”

This act is identical to HB 1351 (2008).


Does transliteration have to be standard, too? Just asking.

Happy Holidays!


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HB 424: Merry Chrismahanakwanzukah – this time, with more feeling (February 8, 2011)

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