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November 7, 2007




(JACKSON, Mississippi) - Governor Haley Barbour has issued a proclamation to close state offices on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day, all official state holidays in Mississippi. Under the proclamation, state employees will also have two additional days off, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, according to the discretion of each agency head.


“I appreciate the hard work of Mississippi’s state workers throughout the year and consider it appropriate to allow these employees days off so they can spend valuable time with their family and friends during the holiday season,” Governor Barbour said.


Below is the full text of Governor Barbour’s holiday 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 22, 2007, in observance of THANKSGIVING DAY, Tuesday, December 25, 2007, in observance of CHRISTMAS DAY, and on Tuesday, January 1, 2008, 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 23, 2007, in further observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, and on Monday, December 24, 2007, in further observance of Christmas day, and to staff their respective agencies as needed during the Christmas and New Year’s season.