Measure to replace Columbus Day holiday advances

Apr 28, 2017 783

BY: Luke Perkins

Lawmakers fielded another attempt to remove Columbus Day as a state holiday Wednesday at the state Legislature. House Bill 1327, which would eliminate Columbus Day as a state holiday and replaces it with a floating holiday in October for state employees, was passed by the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Wednesday on a 6-3 party line vote with the GOP voting to maintain the holiday.

A similar piece of legislation, which would have renamed the holiday as Indigenous People’s Day just as Durango and Fort Lewis College did in 2016, was killed by the same committee last year on a 7-2 vote because of concerns it maligned Italian Americans.

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