Baltimore City Council votes to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Oct 06, 2020 524

BY: Talia Richman

The Baltimore City Council pushed to accelerate the passage of a bill that would rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, with lawmakers hoping it takes effect in time for next week’s holiday. Whether the city meets this deadline now lies in the hands of Democratic Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. If he chooses to veto the legislation or let it become law without his signature, the change would not be official by Oct. 12.

Young declined through a spokesman to comment Monday on his intentions. The council voted to speed up the legislative process — invoking a rule that allows a bill to advance from second reading to a final third reading on the same day — so that the city would be in a position to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day this year, said Democratic Councilman John T. Bullock, the bill’s sponsor.

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