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Foundation wants Good Friday removed from books as state holiday

MADISON - The Freedom from Religion Foundation wants Good Friday removed from the law books as a partial state government holiday.

Foundation attorney Richard Bolton said a judge struck down the law 14 years ago. But some local governments still use it to justify closing on Good Friday. According to Bolton, a judge overturned a law which called on state agencies to close from 11-to-3 on Good Friday for the purpose of worship.

Actually, many agencies shut down at noon that day - but that stopped after the 1996 court ruling. Ironically, a number of state agencies will be closed all day on this week's Good Friday. But they won't get paid, and it's part of the furlough days they must take to help balance the state budget.