Arizona Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Amendment, Proposition 300 (1992)

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The Arizona Martin Luther King Jr. Day Amendment, also known as Proposition 300 and House Concurrent Resolution 2011, was a legislatively-referred state statute on the statewide ballot in Arizona, which was approved in the statewide election on November 3, 1992.
  • This proposed amendment establishes the third Monday in January as a paid state holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. and consolidates the Lincoln and Washington holidays into Presidents' Day.[1]

Election results

Arizona Proposition 300 (1992)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 880,488 61.33%
No555,18938.67%

Official results via: State of Arizona Official Canvass

Text of measure

The text of the ballot read:

OFFICIAL TITLE

House concurrent resolution 2011
C concurrent resolution enacting and ordering the submission to the people of a measure relating to legal holidays.

DESCRIPTIVE TITLE

An act establishing a Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day on the third Monday in January as a paid state holiday and consolidating the paid state Lincoln and Washington Day holidays into a single Lincoln/Washington Presidents' Day holiday[1][2]

Constitutional changes

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Section 1-301, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
1-301. Holidays enumerated
A. The following days shall be holidays:
1. Sunday of each week.
2. January 1, "New Year's Day".
3. Second Monday in February, "Lincoln Day".
3. THIRD MONDAY IN JANUARY, "MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR./CIVIL RIGHTS DAY.
4. Third Monday in February, "LINCOLN/Washington PRESIDENTS' Day".
5. Second Sunday in May, "Mothers' Day".
6. Last Monday in May, "Memorial Day".
7. Third Sunday in June, "Fathers' Day".
8. July 4, "Independence Day".
9. First Sunday in August, "American Family Day".
10. First Monday in September, "Labor Day".
11. September 17, "Constitution Day".
12. Second Monday in October, "Columbus Day".
13. November 11, "Veterans' Day".
14. Fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving Day".
15. December 25, "Christmas Day".
B. When any of the holidays enumerated in subsection A falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be observed as a holiday, with the exception of the holidays enumerated in subsection A, paragraphs 1, 5, 7, 9 6, 8, and 11.
C. When any of the holidays enumerated in subsection A, paragraphs 2, 8, 13 and 15 falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be observed as a holiday.
D. When the holiday enumerated in subsection A, paragraph 11 falls on a day other than Sunday, the Sunday preceding September 17 shall be observed as such holiday.
2. The Secretary of State is directed to submit this measure to the people at the polls, and to cause to be printed on the official ballot at the next regular general election the title and number thereof, as provided by article IV, part 1, section 1, Constitution of Arizona. [1]

Path to the ballot

Proposition 300 was placed on the ballot by HCR 2011.[1]
House votes:

  • Ayes - 40
  • Nays - 11
  • Not Voting - 7
  • Vacancy - 2

Senate votes:

  • Ayes - 25
  • Nays - 4
  • Not Voting - 1

Support

Those in support of the amendment include:[1]

  • VICTORY TOGETHER Steering Committee

Arguments in favor of the amendment include:[1]

  • The proposition honors the efforts of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement.
  • There would not be any cost, as the number of paid holidays will remain the same.

Opposition

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  • NO-NO COMMITTEE

Arguments in opposition of the amendment include:[1]

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. is still too recent in our memories to consider a holiday.
  • A former governor already proclaimed an unpaid holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

See also

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 State of Arizona 1992 Ballot Proposition voting guide
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.