21.68.18 96th Legislative Session 525

2021 South Dakota Legislature

Senate Bill 71


Introduced by: Senator Bolin

An Act to designate Juneteenth as a working holiday.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota:

Section 1. That a NEW SECTION be added:

1-5-18. Juneteenth.

The nineteenth day of June, to be known as Juneteenth, shall be observed in this state as a working holiday. Juneteenth is recognized due to the fact that on June 19, 1865, the slaves in Texas, a geographically remote region of the confederacy, were officially informed by units of the United States military that the Civil War was over, that slavery in the United States had been abolished, and that the slaves were now free persons.

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