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File #: 66231    Version: 1 Name: Juneteenth Holiday and Ho-Chunk Day
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/30/2021 In control: Attorney's Office
On agenda: 7/20/2021 Final action: 7/20/2021
Enactment date: 7/31/2021 Enactment #: ORD-21-00056
Title: Amending Section 2.01(4), Section 3.32(7)(b), Section 3.32(9)(b) and (c), and Section 3.38(b)5.a. and Section 12.01 of the Madison General Ordinances to add June 19 (Juneteenth Independence Day) to the list of City paid holidays in recognition of the date on which slavery legally came to an end in the United States and to rename the day after Thanksgiving as Ho-Chunk Day.
Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Syed Abbas, Brian Benford, Arvina Martin, Nasra Wehelie, Nikki Conklin, Keith Furman, Michael E. Verveer, Lindsay Lemmer, Tag Evers, Regina M. Vidaver, Jael Currie, Juliana R. Bennett, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Sheri Carter, Patrick W. Heck, Grant Foster, Yannette Figueroa Cole, Charles Myadze
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution adds Juneteenth Independence Day to the list of City paid holidays and renames the day after Thanksgiving as Ho-Chunk Day. The fiscal impact of an additional paid holiday will be most influenced by pay to essential workers such as fire and police who work the holiday. The labor contracts for these employees supersede the ordinances. The additional holiday would be considered in future bargaining agreements with represented fire and police employees. Most general municipal employees would receive paid leave based on their normal rate, which will not directly impact the budget. However, to the extent that the time off impacts the workload of these employees, overtime could increase. Any additional overtime costs would need to be accommodated within existing budget.
Title
Amending Section 2.01(4), Section 3.32(7)(b), Section 3.32(9)(b) and (c), and Section 3.38(b)5.a. and Section 12.01 of the Madison General Ordinances to add June 19 (Juneteenth Independence Day) to the list of City paid holidays in recognition of the date on which slavery legally came to an end in the United States and to rename the day after Thanksgiving as Ho-Chunk Day.
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DRAFTER’S ANALYSIS: This ordinance amendment adds June 19 (Juneteenth Independence Day) to the list of City paid holidays in recognition of the date on which slavery legally came to an end in the United States, and renames the day after Thanksgiving as Ho-Chunk Day in recognition of the historical trauma and how it still reverberates today so healing can take place and progress can be made.

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WHEREAS, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 freeing slaves in the Confederate states and the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution formally ending slavery was ratified on December 6, 1865; and
WHEREAS, on June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas w...

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