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N.M. Returns King Day to Jan.

December 04, 1987|Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. — The New Mexico Personnel Board voted unanimously today to restore state employees' observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. legal holiday to the third Monday in January, the date established by law.

The board first voted unanimously to rescind the 1988 holiday schedule it had adopted in mid-November, restoring King's birthday observance to its legislatively mandated day, and then allowed public comment. Representatives of the New Mexico Rainbow Coalition, who had come to Santa Fe prepared to make a full presentation, were caught by surprise but expressed "grateful appreciation."

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