Proposed Legislation will correct 5 Legal Florida Holidays that celebrate Confederates & Colonizers
August 21, 2020
Senator Bobby Powell and Representative Geraldine Thompson will be sponsoring a new bill for the 2021 legislative session. The legislation was created by The Green Party of Florida and introduced to members of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus which is supporting this bill.
The Repair Legal Holidays of Confederates and Colonizers bill (FS 683.01) will rename five state legal holidays. It will replace holidays that currently celebrate colonizers and supporters of Confederate slavery.
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