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October 27, 2009

GOVERNOR BARBOUR ISSUES PROCLAMATION TO CLOSE STATE OFFICES IN OBSERVANCE OF HOLIDAYS

Governor Haley Barbour has issued a proclamation to close state offices on November 26, 2009, in observance of Thanksgiving Day; December 25, 2009, in observance of Christmas Day; and on January 1, 2010, in observance of New Year's Day. According to the Governor's proclamation, agency heads may close offices on November 27, 2009, December 24, 2009, and December 31, 2009 at their own discretion.

Below is the full text of Governor Barbour’s proclamation:

WHEREAS, under the provisions of Section 3-3-7, Mississippi Code of 1972, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are declared legal holidays in the State of Mississippi; and

WHEREAS, during the Thanksgiving holiday and Christmas and New Year’s season, many state employees will spend time with their families in Mississippi and in other states;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Haley Barbour, Governor of the State of Mississippi, pursuant to the authority vested in me under the Constitution of the State of Mississippi and applicable statutes of the State of Mississippi, do hereby authorize the closing of all offices of the State of Mississippi on Thursday, November 26, 2009, in observance of THANKSGIVING DAY, Friday, December 25, 2009, in observance of CHRISTMAS DAY, and on Friday, January 1, 2010, in observance of NEW YEAR’S DAY.

IN ADDITION, I hereby authorize the executive officers of all state agencies, in their discretion after considering the interests of the people of the State of Mississippi and the staffing needs of their respective agencies, to close all offices of the State of Mississippi on Friday, November 27, 2009, in further observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Thursday, December 24, 2009, in further observance of Christmas day, and Thursday, December 31, 2009, in further observance of New Year’s Day, and to staff their respective agencies as needed during the Thanksgiving holiday and Christmas and New Year’s season.