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Gov. Rick Scott makes Christmas Eve a paid holiday

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 03:05 AM

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TALLAHASSEE — State workers will get Christmas Eve off as a paid holiday.

The Tallahassee Democrat (http://on.tdo.com/TyyFzx ) reported today that Gov. Rick Scott has directed executive agencies to shut down on Dec. 24.

That will give workers a four-day weekend, rather than making them come back for one day and then having another day off.

Workers who perform essential functions will still have to work, but they will get an equal amount of paid administrative leave to use in the next six months.

Scott similarly closed executive agency offices on Dec. 23, 2011, his first year in office.

Former Gov. Charlie Crist granted state workers both Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve off with pay in 2008.

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