Missouri’s Christmas Law

Last year the Missouri General Assembly passed HB278 which amended the Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 9, “Public Holidays,” to include Sect. 9.015, RSMo.  The new section reads as follows:

No state or local governmental entity, public building, public park, public school, or public setting or place shall ban or otherwise restrict the practice, mention, celebration, or discussion of any federal holiday.

Dean Beeler, CC BY 2.0

Dean Beeler, CC BY 2.0

Federal holidays are listed in 5 U.S.C. 6103 and include New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Some commentators have suggested the Missouri law is unconstitutional, but it doesn’t look like any court has yet invalidated it.  So, if you see some more Christmas trees and caroling in public buildings and schools this year, you can thank the Missouri General Assembly.

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