# Roommates, it’s only been 24 hours and many across the country are still celebrating that President Biden has officially signed the bill that makes June 18th a national holiday; However, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s decision on the new law has sparked a debate online. Although he was legally required to sign the Georgia proclamation to recognize June 19th as a national holiday, Governor Brian Kemp also blocked June 19th from being a paid holiday for all state employees.
While many Georgia residents already planned taken the Friday before June 15 from work after President Biden’s recent signing of legislation declaring it a national holiday: If any residents are employed by the state, they will have to take their day off without receiving pay. @AJCNews reports, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp confirmed through an official spokesperson, that June 18th will not be a paid holiday for any state employee.
Kemp stated that his reasoning is because Georgia state law only allows state public offices to be closed on 12 public and legal holidays and the limit has already been reached. In response to the immediate backlash that followed Kemp’s decision, the ACLU of Georgia suggested adding June 16th to the list of 12 state holiday closings and removing the controversial Columbus Day instead. .
You will recall that Brian Kemp recently drew even more intense criticism earlier this year when he decided to stop state unemployment benefit payments at the end of June.
Those payments were initially approved last year during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, but many unemployed residents say they still need the financial help because they haven’t returned to work yet.
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