The Missouri House of Representatives in Jefferson City
Missouri formally recognizes
public holidays. Martin Luther King Day and Columbus Day, you're already familiar with. Jefferson Day (April 13) or Lincoln Day (February 12), perhaps not.
And that's it. Bo-ring!
But Republican state representative Mike Cunningham
of Rogersville (near Springfield)
has prefiled a little piece of legislation
for the coming session that would add the following to our public holiday statute: "...and the twenty-fifth of December is known as Christmas.
It would also recognize other favorites such as:
- New Year's Day
- Washington's Birthday
- Independence Day
- Veteran's Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Truman Day
Rep. Mike Cunningham of Rogersville
says he's filed similar bills for the last four or five years, but
they've never passed because of the fear that it's a "Christmas bill
in disguise." So...is it?
"It could be interpreted that way,"
says Cunningham, who adds that he's a Protestant by faith. Still, he
insists that his bill "pertains to all holidays."
His measure would simply require schools and any other institution that
accepts state funds to refer to traditional holidays by their
traditional name, he says.
"I think when Jay Leno
talks to the man on the
street and he asks what the Fourth of July is and they don't know,
that's pretty pathetic."
(Kudos to Arch City Chronicle
the pre-filing earlier this week).