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GOVERNMENT CODE


TITLE 6. PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES


SUBTITLE B. STATE OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES


CHAPTER 662. HOLIDAYS AND RECOGNITION DAYS, WEEKS, AND MONTHS


SUBCHAPTER A. HOLIDAYS FOR STATE EMPLOYEES


Sec. 662.001. DEFINITIONS. In this subchapter:

(1) "Part-time state employee" means a state employee who normally works fewer than 40 hours each week.

(2) "State agency" means a unit of state government, including a state board, commission, council, department, committee, agency, or office that was created by the constitution or a statute of this state and is in any branch of state government. The term does not include a local government, a river authority, a special district, any other political subdivision, or an institution of higher education as defined by Section 61.003, Education Code.

(3) "State employee" means an employee of a state agency or an appointed officer of a state agency whose office is not created by the state constitution. The term includes a part-time, hourly, or temporary state employee.

(4) "Workday" means a day on which a state employee is normally scheduled to work. The term does not include a national or state holiday.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1035, Sec. 27, eff. June 19, 1997.

Sec. 662.002. APPLICABILITY TO EMPLOYEE OF THE HOUSE OR SENATE. This subchapter applies to a state employee of the house of representatives or the senate only at the discretion of the presiding officer or the administration committee of each respective house.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

Sec. 662.003. DATES AND DESCRIPTIONS OF HOLIDAYS. (a) A national holiday includes only the following days:

(1) the first day of January, "New Year's Day";

(2) the third Monday in January, "Martin Luther King, Jr., Day" in observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.;

(3) the third Monday in February, "Presidents' Day";

(4) the last Monday in May, "Memorial Day";

(5) the fourth day of July, "Independence Day";

(6) the first Monday in September, "Labor Day";

(7) the 11th day of November, "Veterans Day," dedicated to the cause of world peace and to honoring the veterans of all wars in which Texans and other Americans have fought;

(8) the fourth Thursday in November, "Thanksgiving Day"; and

(9) the 25th day of December, "Christmas Day."

(b) A state holiday includes only the following days:

(1) the 19th day of January, "Confederate Heroes Day," in honor of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and other Confederate heroes;

(2) the second day of March, "Texas Independence Day";

(3) the 21st day of April, "San Jacinto Day";

(4) the 19th day of June, "Emancipation Day in Texas," in honor of the emancipation of the slaves in Texas in 1865;

(5) the 27th day of August, "Lyndon Baines Johnson Day," in observance of the birthday of Lyndon Baines Johnson;

(6) the Friday after Thanksgiving Day;

(7) the 24th day of December; and

(8) the 26th day of December.

(c) An "optional holiday" includes only the days on which Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, or Good Friday falls.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 279, Sec. 20, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Sec. 662.004. MINIMUM NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES NEEDED TO CONDUCT BUSINESS. (a) A state agency and an institution of higher education as defined by Section 61.003, Education Code, shall have enough employees on duty during a state holiday to conduct the public business of the agency or institution.

(b) This section does not apply to a state holiday that falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, or the 24th or 26th day of December.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 279, Sec. 21, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Sec. 662.005. ENTITLEMENT TO PAID DAY OFF. (a) An individual who is a state employee on the last workday before or the first workday after a national or state holiday, or on both workdays, is entitled, except as provided by Section 662.010, to a paid day off from working for a state agency on the holiday if:

(1) the holiday does not fall on a Saturday or Sunday; and

(2) the General Appropriations Act does not prohibit state agencies from observing the holiday.

(b) Except as provided by Section 662.010, and notwithstanding Section 659.015 or another law, a state employee who is a peace officer commissioned by a state officer or state agency listed under Article 2.12, Code of Criminal Procedure, or who is employed by the Department of Public Safety either to perform communications or dispatch services related to traffic law enforcement or as a public security officer, as that term is defined by Section 1701.001, Occupations Code, or who is employed by the Parks and Wildlife Department to perform communications and dispatch services to assist law enforcement officers commissioned by the Parks and Wildlife Commission in performing law enforcement duties, and who is required to work on a national or state holiday that falls on a Saturday or Sunday is entitled to compensatory time off at the rate of one hour for each hour worked on the holiday.

(c) In this section, "state employee":

(1) includes an individual who uses paid leave from a state agency; and

(2) does not include an individual who uses unpaid leave from a state agency.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1035, Sec. 28, eff. June 19, 1997; Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 717, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 459, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 811, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 868, Sec. 1, eff. June 20, 2003.

Amended by:

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1146 (H.B. 2730), Sec. 5.14, eff. September 1, 2009.

Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 74 (H.B. 46), Sec. 1, eff. May 19, 2011.

Sec. 662.006. OPTIONAL HOLIDAY. (a) An individual who is a state employee on the last workday before or the first workday after an optional holiday, or on both workdays, is entitled, except as provided by Section 662.010, to a paid day off from working for a state agency on the holiday if:

(1) the holiday does not fall on a Saturday or Sunday;

(2) the employee agrees to give up, during the same fiscal year, a state holiday that:

(A) does not fall on a Saturday or Sunday; and

(B) the General Appropriations Act does not prohibit state agencies from observing; and

(3) the General Appropriations Act does not prohibit state agencies from observing the optional holiday.

(b) A state employee is entitled to a paid day off from working for a state agency on each day of an optional holiday that extends for more than one day if the employee:

(1) qualifies for the paid day off under Subsection (a); and

(2) agrees to give up during the same fiscal year an equivalent number of state holidays that:

(A) do not fall on a Saturday or Sunday; and

(B) the General Appropriations Act does not prohibit state agencies from observing.

(c) A state employee may not agree to give up the Friday after Thanksgiving Day or the 24th or 26th day of December.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1035, Sec. 29, eff. June 19, 1997.

Sec. 662.007. COMPENSATORY TIME. (a) A state employee who is required to work on a national or state holiday is entitled to compensatory time off during the 12 months after the holiday if the state employee is entitled to a paid day off from working for a state agency on the holiday under Section 662.005.

(b) A state employee must give reasonable notice of the employee's intention to use the compensatory time but is not required to say how the compensatory time will be used.

(c) An institution of higher education as defined by Section 61.003, Education Code, may allow an employee who is required to work on a national or state holiday that does not fall on a Saturday or Sunday to take compensatory time off in accordance with this section or may instead pay the employee at the employee's regular rate of pay for that time if the institution determines that allowing compensatory time off would disrupt normal teaching, research, or other critical functions.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1035, Sec. 30, eff. June 19, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 279, Sec. 22, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Sec. 662.0071. TRANSFERS OF COMPENSATORY TIME BALANCES. (a) A state agency shall accept the balance of compensatory time accrued under Section 662.007 by a state employee who transfers to that agency from another state agency if the employee transfers as a direct result of:

(1) the legislature's transfer of legal authority or duties from the agency that formerly employed the employee to the agency that currently employs the employee; or

(2) a requirement of the State Council on Competitive Government for the agency that formerly employed the employee to bid a commercially available service that the agency previously performed.

(b) Subsection (a) does not apply if the transferring state employee is required to apply for the new position.

(c) In this section, "bid" means any process developed by the State Council on Competitive Government to provide a commercially available service in competition with private commercial sources or state agency providers.

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1035, Sec. 46, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.

Sec. 662.0072. TRANSFERRING EMPLOYEE: PAYMENT FOR HOLIDAY. If a state or national holiday occurs between the dates that a state employee separates from one state agency and begins employment with another state agency or an institution of higher education without a break in service, the agency or institution of higher education to which the employee transfers is responsible for paying the employee for the holiday regardless of whether the agency or institution of higher education that receives the new employee recognizes the holiday.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 279, Sec. 23, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Sec. 662.008. PART-TIME STATE EMPLOYEES. The pay of a part-time state employee for a paid day off to which the employee is entitled under this subchapter must be proportionally reduced to account for the fewer hours the employee normally works.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

Sec. 662.009. EMPLOYEE WORKING OTHER THAN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. (a) A state employee who normally works 40 hours a week on a schedule other than Monday through Friday is entitled to paid holiday time off during the fiscal year equal to eight hours multiplied by the number of national and state holidays in the fiscal year as determined under Section 662.005.

(b) A state employee to whom Subsection (a) applies who works less than the entire fiscal year is entitled to paid holiday time off during the fiscal year equal to eight hours multiplied by the number of national and state holidays that occur during the period worked by the employee under Section 662.005.

(c) The paid holiday time off of a part-time state employee who works on a schedule other than Monday through Friday must be proportionally reduced to account for the fewer hours the employee normally works.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

Sec. 662.010. HOLIDAY BEFORE WORK BEGINS OR AFTER WORK ENDS. (a) An individual must be a state employee on the workday before and after a state or national holiday in order to be paid for that holiday, unless the holiday falls on the employee's first or last workday of the month.

(b) In this section, "state employee":

(1) includes an individual who uses paid leave from a state agency; and

(2) does not include an individual who uses unpaid leave from a state agency.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1035, Sec. 31, eff. June 19, 1997; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1310, Sec. 47, eff. June 20, 2003.

Sec. 662.011. HOLIDAYS FOR INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION. (a) The governing body of an institution of higher education, as defined by Section 61.003, Education Code, other than a public junior college as defined by that section, may establish the holiday schedule for the institution, subject to any applicable limitation on the observance of holidays prescribed by the General Appropriations Act.

(b) The number of holidays to be observed by the institution may not exceed the number of holidays on which an employee of a state agency is entitled to a day off.

(c) An employee of the institution is eligible to take paid holiday leave only if the employee:

(1) is scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week for a period of at least four and one-half months; and

(2) is not employed in a position for which the employee is required to be a student as a condition of the employment.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 279, Sec. 24, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

Sec. 662.012. RULES. The comptroller may establish procedures and adopt rules to administer Sections 662.001-662.010.

Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1035, Sec. 20, eff. June 19, 1997.

Sec. 662.013. OPTIONAL HOLIDAY FOR CESAR CHAVEZ DAY. (a) The 31st day of March shall be designated "Cesar Chavez Day" in observance of the birthday of Cesar Chavez.

(b) The administrative head of a state agency may allow an employee of the agency to have a day off with pay on Cesar Chavez Day in lieu of any other state holiday that occurs on a weekday, other than a weekday on which an election is held throughout the state, on which the state agency is required to be open but on which the operations of the agency are required to be maintained at only a minimum level.

(c) On Cesar Chavez Day, each state agency shall remain open and conduct the operations of the agency at a minimum level.

(d) A holiday allowed under this section is in lieu of another holiday prescribed by law. The total number of holidays in a year to which an employee of a state agency is entitled is not changed by this section.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 521, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.

SUBCHAPTER B. LEGAL HOLIDAYS


Sec. 662.021. DATES OF HOLIDAYS. A legal holiday includes only the following days:

(1) a national holiday under Section 662.003(a); and

(2) a state holiday under Sections 662.003(b)(1) through (6).

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

Sec. 662.022. CLOSURE OF PUBLIC OFFICES. A public office of this state may be closed on a legal holiday, except as provided by Section 662.004.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

Sec. 662.023. PRESENTMENT, NOTICE OF DISHONOR, AND PROTEST OF CERTAIN COMMERCIAL PAPER. A legal holiday is treated as a Sunday for presenting for payment or acceptance, protesting, and giving notice of the dishonor of a draft or promissory note.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

SUBCHAPTER C. RECOGNITION DAYS


Sec. 662.041. SAM RAYBURN DAY. (a) January 6 is Sam Rayburn Day in memory of that great Texas and American statesman, Sam Rayburn.

(b) Sam Rayburn Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate programs in the public schools and other places to commemorate the birthday of Sam Rayburn.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

Sec. 662.042. FORMER PRISONERS OF WAR RECOGNITION DAY. (a) April 9 is Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day in honor of the courage of those Americans who suffered sacrifices and tribulations as prisoners of war in the course of their military service on behalf of this nation.

(b) Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate ceremonies.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

Sec. 662.043. INTERNATIONAL TRADE AWARENESS WEEK. (a) May 22 through May 26 is International Trade Awareness Week to encourage Texas businesses to engage effectively in the promotion and development of international trade.

(b) International Trade Awareness Week shall be observed by appropriate ceremonies and activities.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

Sec. 662.044. COLUMBUS DAY. (a) The second Monday of October is Columbus Day in honor of Christopher Columbus.

(b) Columbus Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate ceremonies.

(c) Public offices of this state shall remain open on Columbus Day.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

Sec. 662.045. FATHER OF TEXAS DAY. (a) November 3 is Father of Texas Day in memory of Stephen F. Austin, the great pioneer patriot and the real and true Father of Texas.

(b) Father of Texas Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate and patriotic programs in the public schools and other places to properly commemorate the birthday of Stephen F. Austin and to inspire a greater love for this beloved state.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

Sec. 662.046. TEXAS PARENTS DAY. The second Sunday in August of each year is Texas Parents Day to celebrate the Texas family and to emphasize the importance of parents taking an active role in the raising and future of their children.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 758, Sec. 1, eff. June 18, 1999.

Sec. 662.047. STATE OF TEXAS ANNIVERSARY REMEMBRANCE DAY (STAR DAY). (a) February 19 is State of Texas Anniversary Remembrance Day (STAR Day) in honor of Texas joining the Union and the day that James Pinckney Henderson became the first governor of the State of Texas in 1846.

(b) State of Texas Anniversary Remembrance Day (STAR Day) shall be regularly observed by appropriate and patriotic programs in the public schools and other places to properly commemorate the annexation of this state and to inspire a greater appreciation for the history of this state.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 502, Sec. 1, eff. June 18, 1999, and Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1453, Sec. 7, eff. Aug. 30, 1999. Renumbered from Government Code Sec. 662.046, 662.050 by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 21.001(58), eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Sec. 662.048. TEXAS FLAG DAY. Texas Flag Day shall be celebrated each March 2, Texas Independence Day.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 7.103, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Sec. 662.049. PUBLIC SCHOOL PARAPROFESSIONAL DAY. (a) The second Wednesday in May of each year is Public School Paraprofessional Day in recognition of education paraprofessionals including teacher assistants, instructional aides, educational trainers, library attendants, bilingual assistants, special education associates, mentors, and tutors.

(b) Public School Paraprofessional Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate ceremonies and activities in the public schools and other places to properly recognize the paraprofessionals who have made tremendous contributions to the educational process.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 287, Sec. 1, eff. May 23, 2001.

Sec. 662.050. TEXAS FIRST RESPONDERS DAY. (a) September 11 is Texas First Responders Day in honor of the bravery, courage, and determination of Texas men and women who assist others in emergencies.

(b) Texas First Responders Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate ceremonies in the public schools and other places to honor Texas first responders. Each governmental entity may determine the appropriate ceremonies by which Texas observes Texas First Responders Day.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 614, Sec. 1, eff. June 20, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1312, Sec. 6, eff. June 21, 2003.

Sec. 662.051. WOMEN'S INDEPENDENCE DAY. (a) August 26 is Women's Independence Day to commemorate the ratification in 1920 of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote.

(b) Women's Independence Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate programs in the public schools and other places to inspire a greater appreciation of the importance of women's suffrage.

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 19 (H.B. 67), Sec. 1, eff. May 9, 2005.

Sec. 662.052. TEXIAN NAVY DAY. (a) The third Saturday in September of each year is Texian Navy Day in remembrance of the Texian Navy.

(b) Texian Navy Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate ceremonies and activities.

Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 697 (S.B. 318), Sec. 1, eff. June 17, 2005.

Renumbered from Government Code, Section 662.051 by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 921 (H.B. 3167), Sec. 17.001(40), eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 662.053. VOLUNTEERS FOR DEMOCRACY DAY. (a) The second Tuesday in January of each year is Volunteers for Democracy Day in honor of the precinct chairs and other election volunteers who make valuable contributions to the nation's democratic system.

(b) Volunteers for Democracy Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate ceremonies.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 64 (S.B. 393), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 662.054. TEXAS ADOPTION DAY. (a) The Saturday before Thanksgiving Day of each year is Texas Adoption Day to celebrate and encourage adoption, adoptive families, and adoption workers in Texas.

(b) Texas Adoption Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate ceremonies and activities that encourage participation in and raise awareness about the adoption process and that honor adoptive families and adoption workers in Texas.

(c) The Department of Family and Protective Services shall create a statewide awareness campaign to promote Texas Adoption Day and shall coordinate ceremonies and activities held throughout the state.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 386 (S.B. 640), Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.

Renumbered from Government Code, Section 662.053 by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 87 (S.B. 1969), Sec. 27.001(43), eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 662.055. DR. HECTOR P. GARCIA DAY. (a) The third Wednesday of September is Dr. Hector P. Garcia Day in memory of the significant contributions to the Mexican American civil rights movement of Dr. Hector P. Garcia, a distinguished physician and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the founder of the American GI Forum, which promotes civil rights protection of Hispanic veterans and all Americans. Dr. Garcia, a World War II hero, was awarded a Bronze Star Medal with six battle stars in recognition of his meritorious service to the United States.

(b) Dr. Hector P. Garcia Day may be regularly observed by appropriate ceremonies and activities in the public schools and other places to properly commemorate the importance of the contributions made by Dr. Garcia.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 274 (S.B. 495), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Text of section as added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 11 (H.B. 174), Sec. 1


For text of section as added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 51 (H.B. 419), Sec. 1, see other Sec. 662.056.


Sec. 662.056. AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE DAY. (a) The last Friday in September is American Indian Heritage Day in recognition of the historic, cultural, and social contributions American Indian communities and leaders have made to this state.

(b) American Indian Heritage Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs in the public schools and other places to honor American Indians in this state and to celebrate the rich traditional and contemporary American Indian culture.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 11 (H.B. 174), Sec. 1, eff. May 10, 2013.

Text of section as added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 51 (H.B. 419), Sec. 1


For text of section as added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 11 (H.B. 174), Sec. 1, see other Sec. 662.056.


Sec. 662.056. TEXAS ARBOR DAY. (a) The first Friday in November of each year is Texas Arbor Day to encourage the planting and cultivation of forest, shade, and ornamental trees throughout the state.

(b) Texas Arbor Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate ceremonies and activities.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 51 (H.B. 419), Sec. 1, eff. May 18, 2013.

Sec. 662.058. VIETNAM VETERANS DAY. (a) March 29 is Vietnam Veterans Day in honor of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War on behalf of this nation.

(b) Vietnam Veterans Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate ceremonies.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 558 (S.B. 1903), Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.

Sec. 662.059. INFLUENZA AWARENESS DAY. (a) October 1 is Influenza Awareness Day to raise awareness of the health risks associated with influenza and encourage Texans to take proactive measures to reduce exposure to those risks.

(b) Influenza Awareness Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate programs and activities.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 289 (H.B. 1204), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013.

Sec. 662.060. WILLIE VELASQUEZ DAY. (a) May 9 is Willie Velasquez Day in observance of the birthday of William "Willie" Cardenas Velasquez.

(b) Willie Velasquez Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate ceremonies and activities.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1303 (H.B. 3209), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013.

SUBCHAPTER D. RECOGNITION MONTHS


Sec. 662.101. BUFFALO SOLDIERS HERITAGE MONTH. (a) July is Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Month in honor of the bravery and dedication of Texas' Buffalo Soldiers and in recognition of their contribution to the legendary history of the Lone Star State.

(b) Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Month shall be regularly observed by appropriate ceremonies and activities.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 478, Sec. 2, eff. June 18, 1999.

Sec. 662.102. TEXAS HISTORY MONTH. (a) March is Texas History Month in honor of those Texans who helped shape the history of the State of Texas and in recognition of events throughout Texas' history.

(b) Texas History Month shall be regularly observed by appropriate celebrations and activities in public schools and other places to promote interest in and knowledge of Texas history.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 423, Sec. 1, eff. June 20, 2003.

Sec. 662.103. TEXAS FRUIT AND VEGETABLE MONTH. (a) April is Texas Fruit and Vegetable Month to promote awareness of the health benefits of fruits and vegetables and to encourage Texans to consume more fruits and vegetables.

(b) Texas Fruit and Vegetable Month shall be regularly observed by appropriate celebrations and activities.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 377 (S.B. 555), Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.

Sec. 662.104. LUNG CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. (a) November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month to increase awareness of lung cancer and encourage funding of research and more effective treatments.

(b) Lung Cancer Awareness Month may be regularly observed by appropriate activities in public schools and other places to increase the awareness of lung cancer and support for lung cancer research.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 224 (H.B. 1449), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.

Sec. 662.105. CHILD SAFETY MONTH. (a) April is Child Safety Month in recognition of the children of this state as this state's most precious resource. By establishing April as Child Safety Month, this state seeks to ensure that the children of this state grow up in a safe and supportive environment by promoting their protection and care through increased public awareness of:

(1) ways to reduce accidental injury and death through the use of bicycle helmets, seat belts, safety and booster seats, and smoke alarms; and

(2) the dangers presented to children by unattended and unlocked vehicles and by being left in closed vehicles during hot or sunny weather.

(b) Child Safety Month may be regularly observed by appropriate celebrations and activities in public schools and other places to promote the protection and care of children in this state.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 651 (H.B. 1045), Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.

Renumbered from Government Code, Section 662.103 by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 87 (S.B. 1969), Sec. 27.001(44), eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 662.106. HYDROCEPHALUS AWARENESS MONTH. (a) October is Hydrocephalus Awareness Month to:

(1) increase public awareness of hydrocephalus, a serious neurological condition characterized by the abnormal buildup of cerebrospinal fluids in the ventricles of the brain; and

(2) encourage the development of partnerships between the federal government, health care professionals, and patient advocacy groups to advance the public's understanding of the condition, improve the diagnosis and treatment of the condition, and support research for a cure.

(b) Hydrocephalus Awareness Month shall be regularly observed by appropriate activities in public schools and other places to increase awareness of hydrocephalus.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 966 (H.B. 3597), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Sec. 662.108. MINORITY CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. (a) April is Minority Cancer Awareness Month to increase awareness of cancer in minority populations and encourage funding of education and earlier and more effective diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

(b) Minority Cancer Awareness Month shall be regularly observed by appropriate activities in public locations to increase cancer awareness, including the specific effects, incidences, and impact of cancer on minority populations, and encourage support for minority cancer education, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 202 (H.B. 114), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011.

Sec. 662.109. PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES HISTORY AND AWARENESS MONTH. (a) October is Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month to:

(1) increase public awareness of the many achievements of people with disabilities;

(2) encourage public understanding of the disability rights movement; and

(3) reaffirm the local, state, and federal commitment to providing equality and inclusion for people with disabilities.

(b) Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month shall be regularly observed by appropriate celebration and activities to promote respect for and better treatment of people with disabilities in this state.

(c) Each public school may:

(1) elect to observe Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month; and

(2) determine the appropriate activities by which the school observes Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 582 (H.B. 3616), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011.

SUBCHAPTER E. RECOGNITION WEEKS


Sec. 662.151. TRANSPORTATION WEEK. The week that includes the third Friday in May is Transportation Week in recognition of National Transportation Week and the contributions of the transportation industry to the State of Texas.

Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 462, Sec. 1, eff. June 20, 2003.

Sec. 662.152. OBESITY AWARENESS WEEK. The second full week in September is obesity awareness week to raise awareness of the health risks associated with obesity and to encourage Texans to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1063 (H.B. 2313), Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.

Sec. 662.153. MONARCH BUTTERFLY WEEK. (a) The first seven days of October are Monarch Butterfly Week to encourage Texas residents and visitors to study, observe, and promote the life of the state insect, the monarch butterfly.

(b) Through participation in the Texas Monarch Watch program sponsored by the Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas residents and visitors may help scientists answer research questions about monarch biology and migration.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 501 (S.B. 909), Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.

Sec. 662.154. TEXAS NATIVE PLANT WEEK. (a) The third full week in October is Texas Native Plant Week to celebrate the native plants of Texas.

(b) Texas Native Plant Week may be regularly observed in public schools and other places with programs to appreciate, explore, and study Texas native plants.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1403 (H.B. 1739), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.