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The Assembly has trimmed its paid holiday calendar to include two fewer days off next year.

Columbus Day and Lincoln's Birthday were officially stripped from the 2010 holiday calendar by the Assembly Rules Committee yesterday.

Those two paid days off were eliminated for state workers as part of the February budget agreement. The change didn't apply to legislative staff, but the Assembly and Senate decided to cut the Columbus Day holiday this year to keep their staffers' holiday schedule in line with the calendar for the state workforce.

My fellow Capitol bureau blogger Jon Ortiz has the full scoop -- as well as the fax from Assembly Chief Administrative Officer Jon Waldie confirming the final calendar -- over at The State Worker blog.

UPDATE 6:45 p.m: Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg spokeswoman Alicia Trost says the Senate Rules Committee is set to make the same change when it meets later this month to approve its 2010 holiday calendar.

"The proposed holiday schedule that will be voted on does not include Columbus Day or Lincoln's birthday," Trost wrote in an e-mail.


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