2021 Montana Legislature
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senate bill NO. 94
By Request of the ****
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT ALLOWING FOR THE RECOGNITION OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' DAY; and AMENDING SECTIONS 1-1-216 AND 20-1-306,
BE IT ENACTED BY THE
LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1-1-216, MCA, is amended to read:
holidays and business days. (1) The
following are legal holidays in the state of Montana:
(a) Each Sunday;
(b) New Year's Day, January 1;
(c) Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the third Monday in
(d) Lincoln's and Washington's Birthdays, the third
Monday in February;
(e) Memorial Day, the last Monday in May;
(f) Independence Day, July 4;
(g) Labor Day, the first Monday in September;
Day, the second Monday in October, which may be recognized as Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples' Day;
(i) Veterans' Day, November 11;
(j) Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in
(k) Christmas Day, December 25;
(l) State general election day.
(2) (a) If any of the holidays in subsection subsections
(1)(b) through (1)(l) fall on a Sunday, the Monday
following is a holiday.
(b) If any of the holidays in subsection subsections
(1)(b) through (1)(l) fall on a Saturday, the Friday preceding
is a holiday.
(c) All other days are business days."
Section 20-1-306, MCA, is amended to read:
exercises on certain days. (1) All
districts shall conduct appropriate exercises during
the school day on the following commemorative days:
(a) Lincoln's Birthday (February 12);
(b) Washington's Birthday (February 22);
(c) Arbor Day (last Friday in April);
(d) Flag Day (June 14);
(e) Citizenship Day (September 17);
(f) American Indian Heritage Day (fourth Friday in
Day (October 12), which
may be recognized as Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples' Day;
(h) Pioneer Day (November 1);
(i) other days designated by the legislature or
governor as legal holidays.
(2) When these commemorative days fall on Saturday
or Sunday, exercises may be conducted the preceding
NEW SECTION. Section 3. Notification
to Montana supreme court. The secretary
of state shall send a copy of [this act] to the
Montana supreme court. The Montana supreme court is requested to update the definition of "legal holiday" in its rules of civil
procedure to reflect the provisions of [section 1].
4. Notification to tribal governments. The
secretary of state shall send a copy of [this act] to
each federally recognized tribal government in Montana.