Chief Sponsor: Jani Iwamoto

House Sponsor: Karen Kwan


10     General Description:
11          This bill designates an annual day of remembrance observing the incarceration of
12     Japanese Americans during World War II.
13     Highlighted Provisions:
14          This bill:
15          ▸     designates an annual day of remembrance observing the incarceration of Japanese
16     Americans during World War II; and
17          ▸     makes technical changes.
18     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
19          None
20     Other Special Clauses:
21          None
22     Utah Code Sections Affected:
23     AMENDS:
24          63G-1-401, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2021, Chapter 93

26     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
27          Section 1. Section 63G-1-401 is amended to read:

28          63G-1-401. Commemorative periods.
29          (1) The following days shall be commemorated annually:
30          (a) Utah History Day at the Capitol, on the Friday immediately following the fourth
31     Monday in January, to encourage citizens of the state, including students, to participate in
32     activities that recognize Utah's history;
33          (b) Day of Remembrance for Incarceration of Japanese Americans, on February 19, in
34     remembrance of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II;
35          [(b)] (c) Utah State Flag Day, on March 9;
36          [(c)] (d) Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day, on March 29;
37          [(d)] (e) Utah Railroad Workers Day, on May 10;
38          [(e)] (f) Dandy-Walker Syndrome Awareness Day, on May 11;
39          [(f)] (g) Armed Forces Day, on the third Saturday in May, in honor of men and women
40     who are serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces around the world in defense
41     of freedom;
42          [(g)] (h) Juneteenth Freedom Day, on the third Saturday in June, in honor of Union
43     General Gordon Granger proclaiming the freedom of all slaves on June 19, 1865, in Galveston,
44     Texas;
45          [(h)] (i) Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Awareness Day, on June 30;
46          [(i)] (j) Navajo Code Talker Day, on August 14;
47          [(j)] (k) Rachael Runyan/Missing and Exploited Children's Day, on August 26, the
48     anniversary of the day three-year-old Rachael Runyan was kidnaped from a playground in
49     Sunset, Utah, to:
50          (i) encourage individuals to make child safety a priority;
51          (ii) remember the importance of continued efforts to reunite missing children with their
52     families; and
53          (iii) honor Rachael Runyan and all Utah children who have been abducted or exploited;
54          [(k)] (l) Constitution Day, on September 17;
55          [(l)] (m) POW/MIA Recognition Day, on the third Friday in September;
56          [(m)] (n) Victims of Communism Memorial Day, on November 7;
57          [(n)] (o) Indigenous People Day, on the Monday immediately preceding Thanksgiving;
58     and

59          [(o)] (p) Bill of Rights Day, on December 15.
60          (2) The Department of Veterans and Military Affairs shall coordinate activities, special
61     programs, and promotional information to heighten public awareness and involvement relating
62     to Subsections [(1)(f) and (l)] (1)(g) and (m).
63          (3) The month of April shall be commemorated annually as Clean Out the Medicine
64     Cabinet Month to:
65          (a) recognize the urgent need to make Utah homes and neighborhoods safe from
66     prescription medication abuse and poisonings by the proper home storage and disposal of
67     prescription and over-the-counter medications; and
68          (b) educate citizens about the permanent medication disposal sites in Utah listed on
69     useonlyasdirected.org that allow disposal throughout the year.
70          (4) The second full week of April shall be commemorated annually as Animal Care
71     and Control Appreciation Week to recognize and increase awareness within the community of
72     the services that animal care and control professionals provide.
73          (5) The first full week of May shall be commemorated annually as State Water Week
74     to recognize the importance of water conservation, quality, and supply in the state.
75          (6) The third full week of June shall be commemorated annually as Workplace Safety
76     Week to heighten public awareness regarding the importance of safety in the workplace.
77          (7) The second Friday and Saturday in August shall be commemorated annually as
78     Utah Fallen Heroes Days to:
79          (a) honor fallen heroes who, during service in the military or public safety, have
80     sacrificed their lives to protect the country and the citizens of the state; and
81          (b) encourage political subdivisions to acknowledge and honor fallen heroes.
82          (8) The third full week in August shall be commemorated annually as Drowsy Driving
83     Awareness Week to:
84          (a) educate the public about the relationship between fatigue and driving performance;
85     and
86          (b) encourage the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Transportation to
87     recognize and promote educational efforts on the dangers of drowsy driving.
88          (9) The third full week of September shall be commemorated annually as Gang
89     Prevention Awareness Week.

90          (10) The month of October shall be commemorated annually as Italian-American
91     Heritage Month.
92          (11) The month of November shall be commemorated annually as American Indian
93     Heritage Month.
94          (12) The first full week of December shall be commemorated annually as Avalanche
95     Awareness Week to:
96          (a) educate the public about avalanche awareness and safety;
97          (b) encourage collaborative efforts to decrease annual avalanche accidents and
98     fatalities; and
99          (c) honor Utah residents who have lost their lives in avalanches, including those who
100     lost their lives working to prevent avalanches.