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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: November 18, 2019 02:56 PM
From: Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell
To: All House members
Subject: State Observed Religious Holidays
The contributions of Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, and Pan-African constituents have given rise to diverse communities, workplaces, and local economies across the Commonwealth. Pennsylvania has a rich cultural history of diversity, and it was founded on the principles of religious freedom and tolerance.
Given this heritage, it is imperative that we take the time to create state observance of minority faith holidays. Therefore, I plan to introduce legislation that would amend the Legal Holiday Law and Banking Code of 1965, recognizing Eid Al-Fitr, Yom Kippur, Vesak, Vaisakhi, Diwali, and Kwanzaa as state observed holidays.
As stewards of diversity and equality, it is my hope that you will join me in this collective effort to further promote a culture of religious inclusion within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Your consideration is greatly appreciated.

Document #1

Introduced as HB2095

Description: D06751 is in regards to  Amending the act of November 30,1965 (P.L. 847, NO. 356), known as the Banking Code of 1965,in general Provisions, further providing for legal holidays
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Document #2

Introduced as HB2096

Description: D06535 is in regard to Amending the act of May 31, 1893 (P.L. 188, No. 138), Referred to as the Legal Holiday Law, further providing for the designation of legal holidays.
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