[Rev. 11/21/2013 10:17:39 AM--2013]

CHAPTER 236 - HOLIDAYS AND PERIODS OF OBSERVANCE

HOLIDAYS

NRS 236.015           Legal holidays; closing of state, county and city offices, courts, public schools and Nevada System of Higher Education.

PERIODS OF OBSERVANCE

NRS 236.018           Arbor Day.

NRS 236.020           Mother’s Day.

NRS 236.025           Columbus Day.

NRS 236.027           Cesar Chavez Day.

NRS 236.030           Law Day U.S.A.

NRS 236.033           Juneteenth Day.

NRS 236.035           Constitution Week and Constitution Day.

NRS 236.038           Nevada Tribes Legislative Day.

NRS 236.040           Nevada All-Indian Stampede Days and Native American Day.

NRS 236.045           Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

NRS 236.050           Nevada Mineral Industry Week.

NRS 236.055           Tartan Day.

NRS 236.065           Osteoporosis Prevention and Awareness Week.

NRS 236.070           Nevada Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness Week.

NRS 236.073           Week of Respect.

NRS 236.075           Archeological Awareness and Historic Preservation Month.

NRS 236.085           Paleontological Awareness Month.

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HOLIDAYS

      NRS 236.015  Legal holidays; closing of state, county and city offices, courts, public schools and Nevada System of Higher Education.

      1.  The following days are declared to be legal holidays for state, county and city governmental offices:

 

January 1 (New Year’s Day)

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is on January 15 but is to be observed on the third Monday in January

Washington’s birthday is on February 22 but is to be observed on the third Monday in February

Last Monday in May (Memorial Day)

July 4 (Independence Day)

First Monday in September (Labor Day)

Nevada Day is October 31 but is to be observed on the last Friday in October

November 11 (Veterans Day)

Fourth Thursday in November (Thanksgiving Day)

Friday following the fourth Thursday in November (Family Day)

December 25 (Christmas Day)

Any day that may be appointed by the President of the United States for public fast, thanksgiving or as a legal holiday except for any Presidential appointment of the fourth Monday in October as Veterans Day.

 

      2.  Except as otherwise provided by NRS 293.560 and 293C.527, all state, county and city offices, courts, public schools and the Nevada System of Higher Education must close on the legal holidays enumerated in subsection 1 unless in the case of appointed holidays all or a part thereof are specifically exempted.

      3.  If January 1, July 4, November 11 or December 25 falls upon a:

      (a) Sunday, the Monday following must be observed as a legal holiday.

      (b) Saturday, the Friday preceding must be observed as a legal holiday.

      (Added to NRS by 1969, 560; A 1971, 589, 1320, 2083; 1975, 829; 1979, 603; 1987, 215; 1989, 684; 1993, 368, 2199; 1997, 3474, 3515; 1999, 679, 2410)

PERIODS OF OBSERVANCE

      NRS 236.018  Arbor Day.

      1.  The last Friday in April of each year is established as Arbor Day in the State of Nevada.

      2.  The Governor shall proclaim the same at least 1 month prior thereto, setting forth in the proclamation a recommendation that Arbor Day be observed by the people of this State in the planting of trees, shrubs and vines, in the promotion of forest growth and culture, in the adornment of public and private grounds, places and ways, and in such other efforts and undertakings as shall be in harmony with the character of Arbor Day.

      3.  Arbor Day shall be observed with appropriate exercises by the public schools of this State.

      [248:32:1956]

      NRS 236.020  Mother’s Day.  The Governor of this State is authorized and requested to issue annually a proclamation calling upon the state officials to display the United States flag on all state and school buildings, and the people of the State to display the flag at their homes, lodges, churches and places of business, and other suitable places, on the second Sunday in May, known as “Mother’s Day,” founded by Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia, as a public expression of love and reverence for the mothers of our State and other women serving it, and as an inspiration for better homes and closer ties between the home and the State.

      [1:26:1921; NCL § 3305]

      NRS 236.025  Columbus Day.  The Governor of this State is authorized and requested to issue annually a proclamation designating the second Monday in October as “Columbus Day” in commemoration of the arrival of Cristoforo Columbo in the New World.

      (Added to NRS by 1989, 684)

      NRS 236.027  Cesar Chavez Day.

      1.  The Governor shall annually proclaim March 31 to be “Cesar Chavez Day” in the State of Nevada.

      2.  The proclamation may call upon the news media, educators, business and labor leaders and appropriate governmental officers to bring to the attention of Nevada residents the important contributions Cesar Chavez made to the State of Nevada and the United States.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 388)

      NRS 236.030  Law Day U.S.A.

      1.  May 1 of each year shall be designated as Law Day U.S.A.

      2.  It is not the purpose of this section to declare a legal holiday, but a day to declare solemn allegiance to the principles of democracy and respect for law.

      (Added to NRS by 1963, 502)

      NRS 236.033  Juneteenth Day.

      1.  The Governor shall annually proclaim June 19 to be “Juneteenth Day” in the State of Nevada to commemorate the abolition of slavery in the United States.

      2.  The proclamation must call upon the news media, educators and appropriate governmental officers to bring to the attention of Nevada’s residents the historical significance of the day when the last slaves in the United States were emancipated and the significant contributions of African-Americans to the State.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 128)

      NRS 236.035  Constitution Week and Constitution Day.

      1.  The Governor may annually proclaim the third week in September to be “Constitution Week” and September 17 to be “Constitution Day” to commemorate the historical contributions that the United States Constitution has made to citizens and its significance in preserving the individual freedoms, liberties and common welfare of the people who live in the United States of America.

      2.  The proclamation may:

      (a) Call upon the news media, educators, state and local officers, professional, business and labor leaders, and others in positions of authority or influence to bring to the attention of the citizens of this State the importance of the United States Constitution in shaping and articulating the basic values that underlie the unique character of American civilization and culture, based on the belief that sovereignty emanates from the people who comprise a society and that governmental authority is based upon the consent of the governed;

      (b) Encourage elected and appointed officers and employees at all levels of government and in all public and educational institutions to develop new programs and new ideas by which the citizens of this State and nation can:

             (1) Better understand and improve the effectiveness of all branches of government established within the American constitutional system; and

             (2) Increase the extent and quality of their participation in the development of public policy and the improvement of the operation of government at all levels;

      (c) Encourage citizens of this State to assist elected and appointed officers and employees at all levels of government, and in all public and educational institutions, to develop new programs and new ideas to increase the extent and quality of the participation of the citizens of this State in the development of public policy and the improvement of the operation of government at all levels;

      (d) Direct interested citizens and appropriate officers and agencies to develop recommendations by which federal, state and local policies for the preservation of historical records can be formulated and put into effect, so that the cultural and informational resources that are essential to a constitutional form of government are preserved and made accessible to present and future generations of citizens;

      (e) Remind all citizens that the preservation of the American constitutional form of government, and the freedom and liberty guaranteed by the United States Constitution, are based upon the responsibility of each citizen to uphold and defend the Constitution; and

      (f) Request all citizens to submit any information they may have concerning a program, activity, event, proposal or any other action to increase the extent and quality of participation of citizens in the:

             (1) Development of public policy; and

             (2) Improvement of the operation of government at all levels,

Ê to the Division of State Library and Archives of the Department of Administration.

      (Added to NRS by 1989, 1939; A 1997, 3275; 2013, 56)

      NRS 236.038  Nevada Tribes Legislative Day.  The second Tuesday of February during each regular session of the Legislature is established as “Nevada Tribes Legislative Day” in the State of Nevada in recognition of the contributions American Indians have made to the prosperity and cultural diversity of Nevada and the United States.

      (Added to NRS by 2013, 219)

      NRS 236.040  Nevada All-Indian Stampede Days and Native American Day.  The Governor of this State is authorized and requested to issue annually a proclamation designating the:

      1.  Third week of July as “Nevada All-Indian Stampede Days” to be celebrated in Fallon, Nevada; and

      2.  Fourth Friday of September as Native American Day,

Ê in commemoration of the Indian people and their efforts to maintain their culture, customs and traditions and in recognition of the many contributions of Native Americans to the economic and cultural heritage of all residents of the United States.

      (Added to NRS by 1971, 344; A 1989, 19; 1997, 94)

      NRS 236.045  Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

      1.  December 7 of each year is designated as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day to commemorate all the brave and heroic persons who served in the Armed Forces of the United States and defended their country against the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

      2.  The Governor shall issue annually a proclamation encouraging the observance of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day by calling upon state officers to display the United States flag at half-mast at all state buildings and the residents of this State to display the flag at half-mast at their homes and other suitable places, in honor of the persons who sacrificed their lives in defending their country on December 7, 1941.

      (Added to NRS by 1995, 11)

      NRS 236.050  Nevada Mineral Industry Week.

      1.  The Governor shall annually proclaim the first week in June to be Nevada Mineral Industry Week to commemorate the important role of mining in the history and economy of the State.

      2.  The proclamation shall call upon news media, educators and state officials to bring to the attention of Nevada’s citizens the history of mining in the State and the role it plays in the development of the culture and economy of its people.

      (Added to NRS by 1971, 132; A 1981, 283)

      NRS 236.055  Tartan Day.

      1.  The Governor shall annually proclaim April 6 to be Tartan Day in Nevada to commemorate the contributions that Scots and Scots-Americans have made to the history and development of the United States.

      2.  The proclamation must call upon news media, educators and state officers to bring to the attention of Nevada’s residents the important contributions the Scots and Scots-Americans have made to the State of Nevada and the United States.

      (Added to NRS by 1997, 140)

      NRS 236.065  Osteoporosis Prevention and Awareness Week.

      1.  The Governor shall annually proclaim the week that begins with Mother’s Day to be Osteoporosis Prevention and Awareness Week in the State of Nevada.

      2.  The proclamation must call upon news media, educators, health care providers and appropriate governmental officers to:

      (a) Bring to the attention of Nevada’s residents factual information regarding the early diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis; and

      (b) Emphasize the potential for the prevention of the disease.

      (Added to NRS by 1997, 440)

      NRS 236.070  Nevada Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness Week.

      1.  The Governor shall annually proclaim the third week in April to be “Nevada Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness Week.”

      2.  The proclamation must call upon news media, educators, health care providers and appropriate governmental officers to bring to the attention of the residents of this State:

      (a) Factual information regarding shaken baby syndrome, including, without limitation:

             (1) Statistical information regarding the number of children who are injured or killed each year as a result of shaken baby syndrome;

             (2) The signs and symptoms of shaken baby syndrome;

             (3) The types of injuries, including, without limitation, physical, mental and emotional consequences, which may result from shaken baby syndrome; and

             (4) The annual costs of providing medical treatment to children who suffer from shaken baby syndrome in this State; and

      (b) Educational programs and materials relating to the prevention of shaken baby syndrome.

      3.  As used in this section, “shaken baby syndrome” means a form of child abuse in which severe or permanent physical or mental consequences result from violent shaking or shaking and impacting of the head of an infant or small child, including, without limitation:

      (a) Various levels of brain damage or other neurological changes due to the destruction of cells of the brain;

      (b) Loss of vision;

      (c) Paralysis;

      (d) Seizures; and

      (e) Death.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 20)

      NRS 236.073  Week of Respect.

      1.  The Governor shall annually proclaim the first week in October to be “Week of Respect.”

      2.  The proclamation may call upon:

      (a) News media, educators and appropriate government offices to bring to the attention of the residents of Nevada factual information regarding bullying and cyber-bullying, including, without limitation:

             (1) Statistical information regarding the number of pupils who are bullied or cyber-bullied each year;

             (2) The methods to identify and assist pupils who are at risk of bullying or cyber-bullying; and

             (3) The methods to prevent bullying and cyber-bullying; and

      (b) School districts to provide instruction on the ways in which pupils can prevent bullying and cyber-bullying during the Week of Respect and throughout the school year that is appropriate for the grade level of pupils who receive the instruction.

      3.  As used in this section:

      (a) “Bullying” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 388.122.

      (b) “Cyber-bullying” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 388.123.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 2247; A 2013, 1638)

      NRS 236.075  Archeological Awareness and Historic Preservation Month.

      1.  The month of May of each year is designated as Archeological Awareness and Historic Preservation Month in this State.

      2.  The Governor shall issue annually a proclamation encouraging the observance of Archeological Awareness and Historic Preservation Month. The proclamation may, without limitation:

      (a) Call upon state and local officers, private nonprofit groups and foundations, schools, businesses and other public and private entities to work toward the goal of preserving the irreplaceable historic, archeological and cultural resources of this State;

      (b) Recognize the important contributions of many cultures to the history of this State; and

      (c) Recognize the importance of specific historic, archeological and cultural sites in this State, including, without limitation:

             (1) Tule Springs in southern Nevada as an area well known in the scientific community as one of the best Pleistocene paleontologic sites in the western United States and in which the fossil remains of several extinct animals have been found, including ground sloths, mammoths, prehistoric horses and American camels;

             (2) Springs Preserve in southern Nevada as a site organized to manage the rich cultural and biological resources of the 180-acre Big Springs Archaeological District, which is considered to be the birthplace of the City of Las Vegas and in which archaeological discoveries have been made, including a Pueblo Indian pithouse, one of the last undisturbed spring mounds, pottery, arrowheads and other artifacts, endangered plants and animals, as well as historic buildings and infrastructure from southern Nevada’s first water system; and

             (3) Other specific historic, archeological and cultural sites located throughout this State in both urban and rural areas, regardless of whether those sites are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

      (Added to NRS by 2007, 2496)

      NRS 236.085  Paleontological Awareness Month.

      1.  The month of April of each year is designated as “Paleontological Awareness Month” in this State.

      2.  The Governor shall issue annually a proclamation encouraging the observance of Paleontological Awareness Month. The proclamation may, without limitation:

      (a) Call upon state and local officers, private nonprofit groups and foundations, schools, businesses and other public and private entities to work toward the goal of preserving the paleontological resources of this State;

      (b) Recognize the important contribution of prehistoric fossils and other paleontological sites to the history of this State; and

      (c) Recognize the importance of specific paleontological sites in this State, including, without limitation:

             (1) Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park as one of North America’s most abundant concentrations of Ichthyosaur fossils;

             (2) Tule Springs in southern Nevada as an area well known in the scientific community as one of the best Pleistocene paleontological sites in the western United States and an area in which the fossil remains of many extinct animals have been found, including, without limitation, ground sloths, mammoths, prehistoric horses, giant American lions, giant bison, llamas and American camels; and

             (3) Other specific paleontological sites located throughout this State.

      (Added to NRS by 2009, 384)