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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Senate bids adios to Robert E. Lee Holiday. On to the House

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click to enlarge SPLIT COMING? In dual holiday for Lee, King.
  • SPLIT COMING? In dual holiday for Lee, King.
The Senate voted 24-0 for SB 519, supported by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, to end Arkansas's dual observance of a holiday for slavery defender Robert E. Lee and civil rights martyr Martin Luther King Jr.

The next round, likely heated, will be in the House committee, where Confederate sympathizers are prepared to fight and many House members still wave the Rebel flag.

The bill would keep the third Monday in January as a King holiday. The second Saturday in October would be a state memorial day, observed by a gubernatorial proclamation, for Robert E. Lee.

The non-voters in the Senate: Bledsoe, Caldwell, A. Clark, Collins-Smith, Flippo, Irvin, B. Johnson, B. King, Rice, Standridge, G. Stubblefield

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