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Juneteenth bill moves to Lamont after emotional House debate

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - An emotional debate over a new state holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States took place in the Connecticut House of Representatives. Black legislators spoke Wednesday about the racial intolerance they've seen in their lives and the importance of "Juneteenth," or June 19th, as a holiday to Black people. The bill passed in the House 148-1 on Wednesday night, after clearing the Senate 30-1 a day earlier. It now heads to Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont, who will likely sign it. Rep. Anthony Nolan of New London, who is Black, said the legislation means more than a holiday, representing freedom for Black people that has been delayed.

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