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Washington moves closer to making Lunar New Year a state holiday

Washington is one step closer to making Lunar New Year a state holiday.

According to KUOW, the House Committee on State Government and Tribal Relations passed a bill Friday that would make Lunar New Year a state-recognized holiday but not a paid holiday. A similar bill seeking to make Lunar New Year a paid state holiday failed in committee last year.

Rep. My-Linh Thai (D-Bellevue), who sponsored the bill, says it is still incredibly important.

“It acknowledges our legacy of enriching cultures, economic development, advocacy for social justice, and innovation and creativity,” Thai told KUOW.

The bill will now move to the House Rules Committee, KING 5 reports. If it makes it through that committee, it will wait to be pulled for a vote on the House floor.

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