"Juneteenth" — marking when the final slaves were set free at the end of the Civil War — is an official state observance in 42 states but not Utah. That could change.
The House Government Operations Committee voted 6-1 on Tuesday to endorse HB338 and sent it to the full House. It would celebrate the third Saturday in June as a state day of commemoration for Juneteenth.
If the measure is adopted, Juneteenth would join a list of other state commemoration dates including Bill of Rights Day (Dec. 15), Constitution Day (Sept. 17), Utah State Flag Day (March 9) and POW/MIA Recognition Day (third Friday in September).