House File 277 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 277 BY GAINES and ABDUL-SAMAD A BILL FOR An Act relating to the designation of Kwanzaa week. 1 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 2 TLSB 2196HH (3) 85 ec/sc
H.F. 277 Section 1. NEW SECTION . 1C.17 Kwanzaa week. 1 The governor of this state is hereby authorized and 2 requested to issue annually a proclamation designating the 3 period from December 26 through January 1 as Kwanzaa week and 4 to encourage all governmental entities, civic organizations, 5 schools, and institutions of higher education in the state to 6 observe the week in a manner that emphasizes the meaning and 7 importance of African heritage in African American culture. 8 EXPLANATION 9 This bill authorizes and requests the governor to annually, 10 by proclamation, designate the period from December 26 through 11 January 1 as Kwanzaa week. This designation does not make the 12 week a state holiday. 13 -1- LSB 2196HH (3) 85 ec/sc 1/ 1