Columbus Day bill sinks in Colorado House committee

Apr 25, 2018 428

BY: Peter Roper

Legislation to eliminate Columbus Day as a state holiday was sent to a state House committee on Monday and just never came back.

House Bill 1231 was drafted by Rep. Adrienne Benavidez, D-Adams County, and it had narrowly survived a vote in the House Local Government Committee earlier this session. At that lengthy hearing, the Italian American community defended the holiday as an historic celebration of their contributions to the nation. Critics argued that Christopher Columbus's arrival in the New World in 1492 brought disease, slavery and other woes to the native peoples that shouldn't be celebrated.

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