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S05856 Summary:

Amd §24, Gen Con L; add §3204-a, amd §3604, add §3204-a, Ed L
Relates to the designation of Good Friday as a public holiday.
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S05856 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     March 20, 2023
        Introduced  by  Sens.  PARKER,  BAILEY, CLEARE -- read twice and ordered
          printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on  Judici-
        AN  ACT  to amend the general construction law and the education law, in
          relation to the designation of Good Friday as a public holiday

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Section 24 of the general construction law, as amended by
     2  chapter 249 of the laws of 2020, is amended to read as follows:
     3    § 24. Public holidays; half-holidays. The term public holiday includes
     4  the following days in each year: the first day of January, known as  New
     5  Year's  day;  the  third  Monday  of January, known as Dr. Martin Luther
     6  King, Jr. day; the twelfth day of February, known as Lincoln's birthday;
     7  the third Monday in February, known as Washington's birthday; the Friday
     8  immediately before Easter, known as Good Friday; the last Monday in May,
     9  known as Memorial day; the second Sunday in June, known as Flag day; the
    10  nineteenth day of June, known as Juneteenth; the  fourth  day  of  July,
    11  known as Independence day; the first Monday in September, known as Labor
    12  day;  the  second Monday in October, known as Columbus day; the eleventh
    13  day of November, known as Veterans' day; the fourth Thursday  in  Novem-
    14  ber,  known  as  Thanksgiving day; and the twenty-fifth day of December,
    15  known as Christmas day, and if any of  such  days  except  Flag  day  is
    16  Sunday, the next day thereafter; each general election day, and each day
    17  appointed  by  the  president of the United States or by the governor of
    18  this state as a day of general thanksgiving, general fasting and prayer,
    19  or other general religious observances. The term  half-holiday  includes
    20  the  period from noon to midnight of each Saturday which is not a public
    21  holiday.
    22    § 2. The education law is amended by adding a new  section  3204-a  to
    23  read as follows:

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 5856                             2
     1    § 3204-a. Good Friday school holiday. 1. The Friday immediately before
     2  Easter,  commonly  known as Good Friday, shall be declared a holiday for
     3  all public schools.
     4    2.  The  term  "Good Friday" shall replace "Spring Recess" and similar
     5  terminology on all public school district calendars  and  communications
     6  that reference Good Friday.
     7    §  3.  Section  3604  of  the education law is amended by adding a new
     8  subdivision 7-a to read as follows:
     9    7-a. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, for purposes  of  any
    10  calculation  under  subdivision  seven  or  eight  of  this section, the
    11  commissioner shall disregard any reduction resulting from the observance
    12  of Good Friday and, if necessary, such observed holiday shall be  calcu-
    13  lated as a session day.
    14    §  4. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed-
    15  ing the date on which it shall have become a law.
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