- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - City and county governments in Mississippi might get more flexibility to declare local holidays.

Current law says local officials can create one local holiday, such as a day off for Mardi Gras. A proposal at the Capitol would let them create two.

House Bill 620 (https://bit.ly/1e7hKN6 ) passed the House on Thursday and now moves to the Senate.

Local officials can create a new holiday by getting rid of another state holiday.

State government recognizes 10 holidays, including Confederate Memorial Day in late April.

The law specifies that the only state holidays that can’t be swapped for a local holiday are the combo Martin Luther King and Robert E. Lee holiday on the third Monday in January and Veterans’ Day in November.

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