DENVER (AP) – The Colorado House approved a bill to make Sept. 11 a state holiday designated as “Patriot Day.”

The proposal would make Sept. 11 a holiday with state offices closing every 10 and 25 years, beginning in 2021. The holiday would be optional in all other years.

The bill passed on a vote of 38-27 with some lawmakers saying they were conflicted because the holiday would mark a day chosen by the architects of the terrorist attacks. The Senate will now consider the bill.

Democratic Rep. Edward Casso says he sponsored the bill because he believes state offices should closed in observance and respect on “milestone anniversaries” of the attacks.

LINK:  House Bill 1040

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