New Juneteenth Holiday Will Be Effective This Year - City Hall Closed June 19

A provision included in the state and local government omnibus bill adjusts the previous effective date to make the holiday required this year.

A bill to establish Juneteenth as a state-recognized holiday, HF 48 (Rep. Ruth Richardson, DFL-Mendota Heights/Sen. Bobby Champion, DFL-Minneapolis), was passed off the Senate floor on Jan. 26 with a vote of 57-8. On Feb. 2, it was passed by the House by a vote of 126-1. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Tim Walz.

The holiday is to recognize the date on which slavery was abolished in the United States. Public business cannot be conducted on June 19 in observance of the holiday.

The new law was set to go into effect on Aug. 1, 2023, however, a provision contained in HF 1830 (Rep. Ginny Klevorn, DFL-Plymouth/Sen. Samakab Hussein, DFL-St. Paul), the state and local government omnibus bill, changes the effective date to make the new holiday effective before June 19 of this year, requiring that the day be observed.

The HF 1830 conference committee report containing the updated effective date was passed by the House and Senate and will now go to Gov. Tim Walz to be signed. Cities will need to update their existing schedules to reflect the June 19 holiday and make any necessary adjustments.

This article is from League of MN Cities