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Bill declaring Juneteenth a state holiday has passed the Utah House of Representatives

Rick Egan
The Salt Lake Tribune
Whitney VanAfern and Brielle Hall march down 500 South in Salt Lake City, during the Juneteenth celebration, on Saturday, June 19, 2021.

The Utah House of Representatives has passed a bill designating Juneteenth as a state holiday throughout Utah and it will now move onto the Senate for consideration.

Sponsored by Rep. Sandra Hollins, House Bill 238 passed the House with a vote of 68 to 3 on Wednesday afternoon. The bill’s goal is adding June 19, better known as Juneteenth, to the list of state holidays after it had become a federal holiday last year.

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery within the United States back in 1865.

This year’s Utah Legislative session is set to end on March 4.

Jared Gereau is pursuing a Journalism major with an emphasis in Social Media at Utah State University. He is planning on using his experience to pursue a career with USU Athletics sometime after he graduates. In his free time, Jared enjoys watching movies, playing games and creating content for his YouTube channel.