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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

MLK Day at the Legislature

From the National Conference of State Legislatures' Thicket:

An AP story today, headlined in the New York Times as "Utah Lawmakers Remain King-Holiday Holdouts,"reports as if Utah, the last state to adopt Martin Luther King Day as a holiday, is the only one in which the state legislature is meeting today. In fact there are 11 other state legislatures (Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming) that routinely meet on this holiday. Most of them mark the day with speeches and ceremonies in memory of Dr. King, as they do in Utah.

... The only thing that is unique about Utah is that by state constitution the legislature convenes for the first time on the third Monday in January, the same date as the MLK holiday. There's always lots of pomp and circumstance in the opening day of any legislature. If they use the occasion in Utah to celebrate Dr. King with speeches and ceremonies, aren't they doing just as much to honor his memory?

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